Replacing unhealthy foods with those the body can use purposefully is difficult if you don't prepare. These Strawberry Energy Bites are the newest weapon in my arsenal of healthy snacks. Just one or two keeps me going for awhile, so that I'm not constantly munching on whatever else is available. And since there is no baking involved, these are quick to put together.
None of the ingredients in this recipe are overpowering. These actually taste like real strawberry! If you look closely at the photos, you can catch a glimpse of strawberry seeds in the powder.
Energy bites, otherwise known as bliss balls or energy balls, tend to keep well in the refrigerator. A big batch will last the week without drying out, if stored properly in an airtight container. The almonds can be replaced with seeds, such as pumpkin or sunflower, for those with nut allergies. Likewise, experiment with other freeze dried fruits to keep it interesting. Next up on my list...blueberry!
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1 cup golden raisins
1-2 ounce pouch unsweetened freeze dried strawberries
2 cups gluten free rolled oats
1 & 3/4 cups sliced almonds
1 tablespoon vanilla powder or paste
In a saucepan, pour piping hot water over the raisins until completely submerged, cover and allow to soak for 10 minutes.
Empty the pouch of strawberries into a food proceesor and pulse into a fine powder. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Add 1/2 cup of the strawberry powder, oats, almonds and vanilla to the food processor. Pulse until the oats and almonds are crushed. Drain and add the raisins, pulsing until a sticky dough forms. If the mixture is too dry add water, one tablespoon at a time, until the desired texture is achieved. Handform spoonfuls of the dough into balls. Roll each ball in the remaining strawberry powder until completely coated and place in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to a week.
Yield: 10-12 bites