Happy Friday everyone!
I hope everyone has had a good week. My boyfriend has been gone all week long on a camping trip with his brother, so it’s just been me at the apartment. I’ve been indulging in many a late-night hot yoga sessions and cooking up a storm of all the things Nick would never touch. Think scallops, tilapia, butternut squash soup, veggie packed rice pilaf (recipe coming soon!).
He’s coming back tonight and I can’t wait to see him! I’ve saved him some samples of today’s recipe and I bet this one he’ll be sure to like. Today is Recipe Redux day, where dietitians from all over share a recipe with a special theme.
“Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste. Show us your favorite way to jazz up any type of lunch box.”
One of my favorite snacks to pack for work are Katie’s No Bake Energy Bites. They’re chock full of peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips, coconut, oatmeal and flax seed. Perfect for that sweet tooth.
Today I wanted to share a remake of those energy bites using dehydrated apples and dates! They’re reflux friendly and seriously taste like the iconic “apples and peanut butter” snack. Except chewy and a little salty!
Have you ever tried a date? No, not the movies and popcorn kinda date. The sweet, chewy, caramel-y kind. I had never tried one before making this recipe. I have been seeing them ALL over the internet and I finally gave in and bought some at Sprout’s this last weekend.
Medjool dates are a type of tree fruit originating from the Middle East. Medjools are famous for their large size, sweet taste, and juicy flesh and they’re regarded as the best type of date. My perfect date would be a walk on the beach with a big glass of wine. Date humor.
They’re a great source of fiber and high in potassium, magnesium, copper, and manganese. Medjool dates also only have about 65 calories a piece! They do have a large amount of fruit sugar (like raisins) but these are still a better option than more sugary desserts.
These energy bites are packed with healthy fats from peanut butter and almonds, and high in fiber from the oatmeal, dates and apples. Try these for a sweet addition to your lunch box!
Here’s the recipe for the date bites:
- 1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 3 Tbsp shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped
- 1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates, chopped
- 1 cup dried apples, chopped
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Add the oats to a food processor. Pulse until finely ground.
- In a large bowl, add the oats, coconut, almonds, dates, apples, peanut butter, honey and cinnamon.
- Stir until well combined.
- Let the bowl rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Using a large spoon, roll into balls. Chill.
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Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!