A sweet and healthy snack bite (or bar) recipe using almonds, dates, chocolate chips, and almond butter.
In a food processor grind the almonds and chocolate chips until they resemble coarse bread crumbs. Add the dates, vanilla and almond butter, then process until combined. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture has the consistency of dough and holds its shape when pressed into a ball.
Bites: If shaping into bites (balls), scoop a generous tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. Proceed with the rest of the mix until you have 14-16 bites. Place the wheat germ on a plate, then roll each bite in the wheat germ to coat. Transfer to a storage container and refrigerate.
Bars: If shaping into bars, line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with plastic wrap and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Spread and flatten the mixture evenly in the pan using your hands or the back of a spoon coated with baking spray. Fold the excess plastic wrap over to cover the mix and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Using the plastic wrap liner, lift the mixture from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Uncover and cut into 12-14 bars, depending on size. Coat with wheat germ if desired.
Storage: These bites/bars will keep in the fridge for 3 weeks or in the freezer for 3 months in an airtight container.
Keywords: energy bites, energy balls