My children both have a serious sweet tooth. If it was up to them, they would eat chocolate chips for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thankfully, however, it is not up to them. And while I do try to satisfy their cravings for sweets, I strive to do it in a healthy way. A lot of the time they are content with fresh fruit. But sometimes they want something a little more decadent. I try not to give them cookies and cake too often. Instead, I make healthy sweet treats without added sugar or white flour. That is how I came up with these apricot almond energy bites.
These energy bites contain dried apricots, vanilla essence, and cinnamon, making them extremely tasty and sweet. They also contain almonds, coconut, and chia seeds, adding healthy fats, protein, and a good dose of fiber. One of these apricot almond energy bites contains just 46 calories and 1.7 grams of sugar. Not bad for a seriously sweet little morsel. They are extremely easy to make, and take just 10 minutes with the help of a food processor, no baking required. And the best thing about these bites is that kids love them. So you can satisfy their craving for sweets while feeling good about the nutrition you are providing.
- ½ cup raw almonds
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Put the almonds in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.
- Add the apricots, coconut, chia seeds, vanilla essence, and cinnamon and pulse until chopped well.
- Using 1 heaping tablespoon at a time, form the mixture into balls.
- Put in the fridge for 1 hour, and enjoy.
- Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.