My last pregnancy changed my taste buds forever. There are many foods I once enjoyed that I no longer do (more on that later)….but much more noteworthy are the foods that I used to feel nothing about that are now the center of my world. One example is Chinese takeout. My husband and I went eight (YES 8) years without ever ordering takeout. That all changed in the first trimester of my most recent pregnancy. I was sick, and every food on the planet sounded disgusting to me….every food that is, except Chinese. We try to live frugally so I never entertained the thought of ordering food to eat at home. However, one day I told my husband what I was craving and he didn’t skip a beat. Thirty minutes later I was eating food I enjoyed for the first time in weeks, and I didn’t have to cook it. My hero.
The other food that used to repulse me, but I now can’t live without is coconut. I couldn’t even eat something with coconut oil in it. True Story. But now….in the glorious present I crave coconut all.the.time. I don’t know how I ever lived without it. I created this Cashew Coconut Energy Bite recipe because I wanted a healthy snack that was sweet but not chocolatey, filled with lots and lots of coconut.
These balls are so easy to make. Toss the ingredients into a food processor and let the magic happen. I always process my dates first for two reasons. 1) I like to make sure there are no surprise pits in them and 2) they take the longest to blend well. Look at all that coconut. Delish.
I chose to use almond butter in this recipe because I wanted something without peanuts (gasp). However you could substitute whatever type of nut/seed butter you prefer. These snacks are gluten free, dairy free AND refined sugar free! Triple lightening rod.
Coconut Cashew Energy Bites
- Process dates in a food processor fit with “S” blade until crumbly.
- Add coconut, cashews, vanilla and salt and process until well blended and fine.
- Add almond butter and process until mixture starts balling up or sticking together.
- Roll into balls, 1-2 TBS at a time.
- Enjoy! Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
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