Low Carb Energy Bites are tasty and filling. They are a low-calorie, healthy alternative to cookie dough or whatever other afternoon craving you might be experiencing. They also are great for breakfast and excellent road trip food! One of my favorite ways to pack snacks for the road or air travel is to use a compartmentalized box for each person and fill it with cheese, fruits and veggies, chocolate, and crackers.
These no-bake bites are also a great way to get kids into the kitchen to put together a snack that is quick, easy, and provides instant gratification. It involves measuring, mixing, and chopping with some supervision. Rolling up the balls is the final part of making this recipe, so from start to enjoying the fruits of your labor is around 20 minutes.
How To Make Low Carb Energy Bites
First, cut up the dates with a knife or kitchen scissors. If you don’t, the dates will slow down many food processors. If you love yours, you don’t want it to die. Mine was a wedding gift – 30 years ago! Set the dates aside, and you will add them after the nuts are chopped.
You can use any kind of nuts in these bites. If pistachios are your thing, go ahead and use them. If you aren’t big on walnuts, go for all almonds in this recipe. Just measure out one cup total of nuts – the recipe calls for 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup almonds – and get them started in the food processor.
Then add the chopped dates, flax seeds, dried cranberries, and maple syrup, and keep pulsing until it all comes together. If the mixture is dry, go ahead and add a little water, a teaspoon at a time, or even a splash of vanilla. Once the mixture is sticking together, divide it into portions and roll into 12 balls. Enjoy one, then refrigerate the rest.
Low Carb Energy Bites
- 1/2 c Medjool dates packed, (about 10) - 100 grams!
- 1/2 c almonds
- 1/2 c walnuts
- 2 T flax seeds
- 1/3 c dried cranberries
- 1/3 c shredded coconut
- 1 T maple syrup
- First, cut up the dates with a knife or kitchen scissors. Then, pulse them in food processor until they begin to stick together. Remove from processor.
- Grind nuts and seeds in food processor, then add back in dates, dried cranberries, coconut, and maple syrup and process until moist and crumbly.
- Add a bit of water, a teaspoon at a time, to ensure mixture will press together into balls. Dump out mixture and form into balls.