Energy bites are one of the easiest to throw together with remaining ingredients you have in your kitchen. All you need is a nut or seed butter of some kind, or a paste (such as from dates), a sweetener, and toppings like more seeds and nuts, coconut flakes, dried fruit, etc.
Leftover homemade cashew butter was the reason for creating this simple recipe. Almost all the other ingredients were ones I wanted to finish using as well.
I love starting with a nut butter base along with either oats or milled flaxseed for some extra fiber. Seeds and nuts are then put in for some healthy fats but mostly for the added crunch factor.
Flavouring often depends on what combinations you’re going for but my go-to’s are generally, cinnamon powder, cacao powder, shredded coconut, matcha powder and espresso powder – a pinch of salt may be needed as well in your recipe. The espresso and matcha powders are your best friends if you’re aiming to give your bites more caffeine. Flavour is also greatly dependent on the sweetener you use. This recipe is one of many where I use Drizzle Honey, a local raw honey company with an amazing collection of Superfood infused honey and a classic collection that tastes true and natural. If you don’t have raw honey lying around or want to use a vegan option, maple syrup, coconut nectar or a date paste are your best bet.
Lastly, you can also add in your favourite adaptogens to the mix. You want to make sure that you aren’t consuming more than what your body needs, or that the adaptogens you use are actually something you need at all. Pay close attention to how your body reacts to different types of adaptogens that you are taking to make sure that they are a right fit for you. If you haven’t already tried any but are looking to add some to your diet, two great starters are maca powder and ashwagandha powder. Collagen is also a great protein to add some health to your bites.
Total time: 15-30 minutes
Makes 16-20 bites
- 1 cup cashew butter
- 2/3 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup milled flaxseed
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 2 tsp espresso powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp maca powder
- pinch of sea salt
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until even.
- Roll bit-size amounts (about 1.5 tablespoons) into balls.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve immediately, or store in refrigerator up to two weeks.
Note: If the mixture appears dry and does not stick together, add 1 tablespoon of water or 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil. Add more as needed.