Sweet (But Not Too Sweet) Energy Bites – Vegan, GF

I’ve tried about a dozen energy bites and bliss ball recipes – whatever you want to call them.

My problem with all of them (with the exception of this one) is that they are either too sweet or have too many ingredients.

Why are energy bites too sweet for me?

Most of them use processed pitted dates as the main ingredient because it makes a nice, sticky dough. My issue is that there are normally too many dates used, making energy bites too sweet.

That’s what I had in mind when I developed this recipe which also doesn’t need to be frozen! The bites even keep at room temperature.

This recipe only requires four pitted dates and more oats to balance the sweet flavor.

Another issue I have with most energy bite recipes is how expensive the ingredients can get. Many require protein powders, more expensive nuts (almonds, cashews) and slightly obscure ingredients like flaxseed meal. What? No thanks.

That’s why I chose pepitas. They’re cheaper, easy to find and can also go in salads or on oatmeal.

Pepitas (also known as pumpkin seeds without a shell) are a great source of protein, fiber and iron but aren’t as high in calories as other nuts (looking at you almonds, peanuts and cashews).

Energy bites are one of the healthier snacks to make at home and are a great alternative to a protein or granola bar. And they only take 10 minutes to make!

For this recipe, each energy bite is 130 calories. I would eat two at a time for a good snack paired with some fruit.

Since this recipe only takes 10 minutes to make, it should be easy to add to your current meal prep routine too!

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Sweet (But Not Too Sweet) Energy Bites
Not a fan of super sweet energy bites? This recipe is perfect for you. Lower in sugar and high in fiber and protein, these energy bites are an ideal mid-morning or late afternoon snack between meals.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Prep Time 10 mins
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  1. Process the dates in your food processor until they become dough like.
  2. Put the processed dates in a bowl and set aside. Add the pepitas to the processor and and process for about 30 seconds - until they crumble and become almost powdery. Add them to the bowl with the dates.
  3. Add the peanut butter, agave, oats, salt, cinnamon, agave and any optional add ins to the bowl and mix well. Once combined, add the "dough" to the food processor and process for about 45 seconds.
  4. The energy ball "dough" will be a little crumbly and that's okay! Scoop up some of the dough start rolling it into a ball shape between your palms. Size varies depending on how much dough you use for each one.
  5. Store these energy balls in the fridge for up to 10 days - no need to freeze unless you want them to last longer!
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If you make these energy bites, I'd love to see them! DM me a photo at @workweeklunch on Instagram.

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