Homemade Raw Energy Bites

I am a chocoholic.  I admit it.  12 step program required.

But nearly a month ago I began the 21 Day Challenge and had to give up chocolate cold-turkey.  And I haven’t bothered picking up my habit again because I’ve been doing so well without it.

Lately, however, I’ve been craving some sweetness so today I came home from work and made some Raw Energy Bites.  These are like little healthy cookies and they are so delicious.  And healthy.  And Easy.  And delicious.  🙂

The base of these Bites are sugar and gluten free.  Here’s what you need*:

*I use a small food processor so I make several small batches.  Recipe below is for 1 small batch

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (I use all natural peanut butter.  You can also sub another nut butter of your choice if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons roasted, unsalted nuts (Today I used hazelnuts, but I’ve used peanuts and almonds in the past)
  • 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder (to taste)
  • optional*: chocolate or carob chips, either before or after blending (or both!), flax seed, coconut, cinnamon

* Because I made several batches today I used different ingredients for the optional; the first batch I used carob chips.  The second batch I used flax seed and unsweetened shredded coconut, etc.  You can add in berries or roll the bites in ground cinnamon or ground nuts.  Whatever you like.

{I heat the raisins in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.  This is not mandatory but I threw the raisins into the processor once without warming them and broke the processor.  I also ground a larger amount of nuts at one time and just added them into the recipe as I went.}

To Make: Throw everything into a food processor and combine until very smooth. Roll into balls, cookies, or bars.  Keep refrigerated.

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Keep them at your desk or serve 'em up to friends

Keep them at your desk or serve ’em up to friends

Enjoy.

~Fit Bitch

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