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Lime, coconut and date energy bites

A paleo snack are perfect for a healthy energy boost. If you are feeling like some tropical, refreshing lime coconut energy bites, let’s get down to it! All you need is a handful of ingredients. Blend it all up and roll into balls and you’ll be in lime and coconut heaven in just about 5 minutes.

Simple ingredients, plant-based, no-bake, gluten-free, no added sugar – just real food!

INGREDIENTS

20 pitted dates (or 10 medjool dates, pitted)
3/4 cup whole almonds
3/4 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 1 lime
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 a scoop of Protein powder – any variety

6 ingredients to a healthy snack - Lime energy balls 6 ingredients to a healthy snack – Lime energy balls

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until mixture is crumbly yet still holds together well when pinched between your fingers.
  3. If the mixture is too dry, add another date and process again or add a splash of water.
  4. If the mixture is too wet, add a few more nuts and process again until crumbly.
  5. Roll them between your hands to form them into 16 balls.
  6. Using protein powder in another bowl, coat balls in protein.
  7. Place bars in the fridge to chill if they seem sticky.
  8.  Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Nutritional Value of Dates:

Common in most Paleo snack, dates are a powerhouse of nutrition comprising of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre but no sodium at all.

  • Calories: Dates are high in calories with 100 grams of date flesh providing up to 314 calories.
  • Proteins and Fat: Dates are low in proteins and fat but high in sugars, which mainly comprise of fructose and glucose. Date seeds have a higher content of fat (9 grams/100 grams) and protein (5.1 grams/ 100 grams) in comparison to the flesh.
  • Vitamins: Dates are moderate sources of vitamin A with 100 grams serving providing 149 International Units (IU) of this vitamin. They also contain adequate levels of B complex vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B6), niacin, pantothenic acid and riboflavin as well as vitamin K.
  • Minerals: Dates are a rich source of minerals like selenium, copper, potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium and iron. They contain abundant amounts of potassium with 100 grams serving providing 696 mg or 16% of the daily recommended levels of this electrolyte. They are also an excellent source of iron, providing 0.90 mg in 100 grams serving which is 11% of the recommended daily intake.

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