July 14, 2020 by Peter B. Laird
#BaptistHealthy Easy Eats: No-Bake, Almond-Butter Energy Bites
Easy to make, these no-bake energy bites are just right when you need a healthy snack-on-the-go. For runners, they’re also ideal pick-me-ups — full of flavor with just a hint of natural sweetness. High in protein and healthy fats, and filled with fiber, these energy bites are nutrient dense, portable and easy to freeze for later. Keep in the refrigerator for a quick and healthy snack, breakfast or dessert.
No-Bake Almond Butter
Makes 12 servings
- 1 cup raw cashews
- ½ cup almond butter
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Place the cashews in a food processor and pulse until you have a fine meal-like texture.
- Next add the almond butter, dates, vanilla and salt.
- Pulse the food processor until you have a dough that sticks together.
- Roll the dough portions (or scoop with a cookie scoop) into golf ball size portions.
- Keep energy bites in the refrigerator for up to a week – or freeze if there are any leftovers!
Nutritional information: Per serving: Calories 162 Fat 9.7g, Carbohydrates 15g, Sodium 53mg, Protein 5g.
About Amy Kimberlain
Amy Kimberlain is a registered dietitian and Certified Diabetes Education and Care Specialist with Community Health at Baptist Health South Florida. Ms. Kimberlain has 20 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics. Active in the community, Amy has contributed her expertise to various public health initiatives, including childhood obesity, diabetes and family health. Ms. Kimberlain is an academy media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. She earned bachelor’s degrees in nutrition and Spanish from Florida State University. She is also an avid runner and registered yoga teacher.