Blueberry Chai Spiced Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • 10 dates + 1 cup warm water to soak
  • 1/3 cup almond butter (can substitute peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp dried blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Remove pits from the dates and soak them in warm water for 3 minutes. 

  2. In a food processor, grind hazelnuts and flaxseed into a powder.

  3. Remove dates from the water (reserve water for later) and add to the food processor with the hazelnut/flaxseed powder. Add in almond butter and 1/2 c dried blueberries.

  4. Process for about 30 seconds until a well-blended paste forms. Add 1 tbsp of the left over date water and the vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Blend until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

  5. Place mixture in a medium mixing bowl.

  6. Roughly chop remaining 1 tbsp blueberries and then fold them into the paste.

  7. Roll dough into 1 inch balls, should make roughly 12 bites.

  8. (optional for dessert) roll bites in coconut sugar.

Margaret Molteni is a runner who moved to Memphis from Nashville to work as a Recreational Therapist, assisting individuals with disabilities. Outside of work, you can find her training for her next marathon, cooking, blogging, and always eating. For more healthy and delicious recipes or all things running, visit Margaret’s site at youngandrungry.com.

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