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