Lately, I have been getting very hungry by 10 a.m., and have been getting frustrated with carb-heavy breakfasts. I was reading Greatist and came across a few recipes for energy bites. The Coconut Lime ones really stood out because of the unique flavor palate and the nuts and dates.
Coconut Lime Breakfast Bites
(Yields 14 balls)
This one comes from http://paleogrubs.com/lime-energy-bite-recipe
- 3/4 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
- Zest of 1 limes
- Juice of 2 limes
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1. Place almonds and cashews in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
2. Add the dates, salt, lime zest and juice until the mixture starts to clump together.
I cut down the recipe to 2 limes instead of 3 in the original recipe because it seemed too strong of a flavor component. (Definitely a good decision. I might even try 1 the next time, though the lime does balance out the sweetness of the dates incredibly well).
3. Take about 1 1/2 T. worth of mixture into hands and roll into balls. The mixture had a course texture with all of the nuts but became more tacky as I rolled it around. This was helpful for the coconut, but even with the consistency only some of the coconut stuck.
They were the perfect amount of sweet and tangy, which made them the perfect mid-morning snack or part of breakfast! I am looking forward to trying other varieties of these tasty bites.