Cranberry Orange Coconut Energy Bites
Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup dates (about 6 dates)
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, unsweetened preferred to keep recipe refined sugar free
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • ½ cup nut butter (I prefer Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter, but plain almond or peanut butter works, too!)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • zest & juice of 1 orange
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a skillet set over medium heat, toast oats till lightly golden and aromatic, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
  2. Combine oats, chia seeds, dates, coconut, cranberries, salt, nut butter, maple syrup, orange zest/juice, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse till combined, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula if necessary.
  3. Using your hands, roll mixture into 1.5 inch balls. If the mixture is too dry or crumbly to roll into balls, pulse 1 tablespoon of water at a time into the mixture until it is moist enough to roll.
  4. Chill in a single layer in the refrigerator at least 1 hour or until firm. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
Notes
I used deglat noor dates because that's what I happen to have on hand. If you are using medjool dates, you may need to decrease the number of dates used since the medjool variety tends to be more sweet & moist.
Recipe by Heart & Stove at https://heartandstove.com/cranberry-orange-coconut-energy-bites/