These energy bites give homage, and a healthier twist, to one of my favorite chocolate candies – Salted Turtles!
How does one fit their Turtle candy craving (actually any chocolate craving) into a healthy lifestyle? Anyone, anyone?
I’ll tell ya. You create an energy bite with your favorite chocolate candy in mind. Energy bites are the perfect snack to curb a chocolate or sweet tooth craving because they are little nuggets of deliciousness. Energy bites truly can take on the flavors of any candy or cookie without all the processed sugar and fat.
Energy bites are made with simple wholesome ingredients and are easy to prepare. All you need is a food processor. With some energy bite recipes (see this banana chocolate chip recipe) you don’t even need that. The only problem is energy bites are easy to eat too. So while energy bites are made with healthier ingredients you still need to watch your portions. Just saying 🙂
Okay back to the turtle energy bites. I made this recipe using Medjool dates, almond butter, pecans, unsweetened cocoa powder, chia seeds, and big dash of salt. Some energy bite recipes call for rolled oats but I decided to just use the dates. In case you didn’t know Medjool dates make up the foundation of Lara Bars so essentially this recipe is like a homemade Lara Bar but with a few extra ingredients thrown in.
A couple notes. It’s important to remove the pits from the Medjool dates and soak them in hot water before placing into the processor. Rehydrating the dates helps them to blend better.
I used almond butter because I didn’t want a peanut butter taste to these energy bite. Plus, have you tried almond butter? Delicious. Yes, I know it’s on the pricey side but I think it’s worth it. I found a good price on almond butter at BJ’s Wholesale so check out your local wholesale store.
The chia seeds are important because they add protein and fiber while also helping the energy bites hold their shape since they soak up extra liquid.
Now, let’s blend it up. You want all the ingredients to come together and form a thick batter. If the batter seems to crumbly then add in 1 tablespoon or more of water. Then stick the batter in the refrigerator for a couple hours.
Roll into 20 energy bites and refrigerate. You can also stick them in the freezer at this time. To freeze, place the energy bites into a plastic freezer bag or container and lay flat in the freezer. Once the bites are frozen you can move the bag wherever.
These Salted Turtle Energy Bites are sooooo good! The Medjool dates give it a sweet caramel taste that blends great with the chocolate and pecans. The almond butter compliments the other flavors without overpowering. You can sprinkle a little coarse sea salt over top for a nice salted crunch.
I enjoyed these turtle energy bites on my way to the gym or for a mid-afternoon snack. I felt like I was enjoying a nice treat instead of a wholesome snack.
If you’re struggling with sweet tooth cravings I recommend making a batch of these salted turtle energy bites.
- 1-cup Medjool dates (about 12), pitted
- ½ cup smooth almond butter
- ½ cup whole pecans
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Rehydrate dates in hot water for about 10 minutes, drain.
- Add dates, almond butter, pecans, pure vanilla extract, chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, and salt to food processor.
- Process until a thick batter forms. You might need to scrape the sides a couple times. If the batter does not come together and seems crumbly then add 1 tablespoon of water and process. 1 tablespoon of water should be fine but if you need more then add enough until the batter comes together.
- Place the batter in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until the batter is firm enough to roll into balls.
- Roll into 20 balls and refrigerate.
energy bites can be made completely ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator 5-7 days and frozen up to 3 months.