Ok. I’m a sucker for a good cookie, but being gluten free for the last 3 years, has seriously hampered my Cookie Monster mentality. Most of the GF cookies that are commercially available, are filled with processed flours, binders and unhealthy oils. So, I set out to create my own version of a healthy cookie. I stumbled upon the idea of a healthy bar….some people call them bliss balls. I love these! They are easy to make, they are raw, GF, dairy free, grain free, sugar free and adaptable. They are NOT fat free, but I’m ok with that. Say yes to healthy fats:) I eat them with my coffee for a quick, protein filled breakfast, before a long hike or to cut my sweet tooth craving in the evening. I limit myself to 2 a day.
So this recipe is a version of what you can find all over Pinterest. The biggest difference, is that I found this great company, Nikki’s Coconut Butter, that produces coconut butter in a variety of flavors. The ingredients are healthy and straight forward. Most have honey or maple syrup added for sweetness, but they are not too sweet. Plus, all of the available flavors offer great inspiration for other flavors of energy bites!
I’m going to use this as a base for many other variations, but give this one a try!
- 2 Dried Figs
- 2 Dates
- ½ Cup Pepitas
- ½ Cup Coconut (unsweetened)
- 1 Jar (2oz) of Nikki"s Coconut Butter (Dark Chocolate Fudge)
- ¼ Cup Peanut Butter
- ¼ 1/4 cup raw Cacao Nibs
- Shredded coconut to dust
- Place all ingredients into a food processor, adding 2 ingredients at a time. Blend until a thick 'dough' is formed. Form into small, bite sized balls. Coat evenly with shredded coconut. cover and store in refrigerator for up to 5 days!