These little bites are a new thing in our house. After a very long and expensive love affair with LaraBars (they definitely add up over time!), I decided to find some alternatives we could make at home. Reese recently discovered freeze-dried fruit (unsweetened, from Trader Joes), and after watching her take down an entire bag one day, I knew I found the magic ingredient. Combined with coconut oil, walnuts, and almond butter for healthy fat, gluten-free oats, and my current favorite hemp hearts, these little bites are packed with nutrients and protein to get you through that afternoon slump. The best part is they literally take 10 minutes to whip up in a food processor. Store them in the fridge in a sealed glass container for several days - if they last that long!
I'm headed out of town for a work-trip this week, so I made a batch of these, along with some banana-coconut flour muffins so Nick will have easy snack options for Reese. It is always hard to leave these two, and I get a little anxious about it. I taped a list of meal ideas on the fridge for Nick, along with a "do not forget" list...geez I swear before I had Reese I was totally laid-back!
Strawberry Almond-Butter Bites
Gluten-free, refined-sugar free
Prep-time: 10 minutes
Yield: About 20 teaspoon sized bites
- 1 cup gluten-free oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup unsweetened freeze-dried strawberries
- 1/4 walnuts
- 1 tablespoon hulled hemp hearts
- 5 pitted Medjool dates
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- Fill a small bowl with warm water to soak the dates for a few minutes.
- In a food processor, combine the dry ingredients (oats, shredded coconut, strawberries, walnuts and hemp hearts). Process until mixture looks like course sand.
- Drain the dates from the water, and slice to remove the pit. Add to the food processor.
- Add in the wet ingredients next (melted coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of water and almond butter). Process until mixture looks like wet sand and is sticky. You might need to add a touch more water.
- Roll into teaspoon sized balls, store in a glass container in the fridge and enjoy!