We all need a little more celebration in our lives. Cue these birthday cake energy bites… which I highly encourage putting a candle in regardless of birthday status.
I took that perfect energy bite recipe – caramel Medjool dates + salted cashews + oats – such a simple base that comes together perfectly to create the snack of your dreams. If birthday cake isn’t your thing, we also have some chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter cup bites around here that might be your thing.
Store these in the freezer or the refrigerator to keep them around for awhile and your snack attacks at bay.
The combination of dates and cashews gives you the energy that you need to power through that afternoon slump or satisfy that between meal hunger. Because, ain’t nobody got time to be hungry!!
Also…. please tell me who doesn’t smile when they’re eating sprinkles.
Birthday Cake Energy Bites
Servings: 14 bites
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted <approx 10>
1 cup cashews, salted
1/2 cup quick oats
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2-3 Tbsp sprinkles
- Combine all ingredients but the sprinkles in a food processor.
- Process until all ingredients are evenly ground together. You might need to stop and break up the large ball that is formed and process a couple more times.
- If your dough is warm from all that processing, allow it to cool by placing in the refrigerator for a little. Then, mix in the sprinkles.
- Roll into 14 balls. If your hands get sticky, wash off the excess and spray them with a little oil before rolling.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
- If your dates are super sticky <like mine were this time> add another Tbsp or 2 of oats and process again. Or, add less/no maple syrup. Also, if the dough feels sticky while it is warm out of the food processor, store it in the refrigerator for a little before you roll into balls.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer. They get a little soft and sticky at room temperature.
- Hoard them from your neighbors and housemates so they don’t disappear.
Athletes: Before, after, during exercise …. all are perfect opportunities to consume these guys. They do have some fat in them so I wouldn’t recommend eating them during high intensity exercise – think more like long rides or hikes.
Healthy Eating: Don’t we wanna eat more foods that taste like cake?! Keep these in the refrigerator or freezer for a quick snack.
Kids: Is it just us or when sprinkles come out are kids immediately a thousand times more interested in what you are doing?! Needless to say – these were a hit.