Need a new no-bake snack? These Banana Nut Maca Energy Bites will give you an extra boost to power through your day. Paleo, gluten-free, filled with fruit, nuts and sweetened with dates and honey.
I’d like to consider myself an “educated” wellness junkie. I’ll fully admit to trying new health trends (and getting all fan-girl over them) but I never blindly buy into anything. I like to take the facts, assess and then apply if needed. Because, let’s be honest, while these new things are all well and good (<–my favorite website, by the way), it can feel like a full-time job trying to keep up with everything. And then you’ll actually need another full-time job to pay for these new habits.
Prebiotics, probiotics, fermented foods, anti-inflammatory foods, grass-fed, bee pollen, organic, vegan, juices, low-carb high-fat, high-carb low-fat, FODMAPS, collagen, enzymes, kombucha, matcha, maca, Spirulina. Ahhhhhh.
Overwhelmed? I understand.
Honestly, this stuff interests me and I enjoy doing the research. Plus, I’ve found a lot of things that have made me feel better (an emphasis on gut-healing foods, for example). I will (and want to) try everything at least once, but then I pick and choose what matters to me. I think that’s the most important aspect in this whole healthy-living world: trying and finding. It doesn’t hurt to try once and maybe you’ll find something you like and/or something that will make you feel good. Some things stick around (kombucha) and others are nice on occasion (like straight up green juice…I need some fruit to make it palatable).
Last week, purely out of curiosity, I bought maca powder. I’m not going to lie, it’s pricey (~$20 for a 4 oz bag), but I had a Whole Foods gift card to ease the money woes. Verdict: I like the taste. Side note: I totally thought it was going to be as green as matcha powder. Wrong.
A little about maca…
It’s an ancient Peruvian superfood known for “its adaptogenic-like qualities that enable it to nourish and balance the body’s delicate endocrine system, and to help cope with stress” (source). It can be used in smoothies, tea, yogurt, desserts or energy bars.
Which leads me to the recipe…
Truthfully, maca is not *needed* to make these energy bites. I wanted some extra oomph and to reap those sounds-too-good-to-be-true benefits listed above. Am I sold on maca? I can’t decide. I have a lot of the bag left to give it another go (probably in a smoothie) and then I’ll let you know.
As I’m sure you are aware, energy bites are easily customizable. DUH. There are only a million and one recipes on the Internet. Feel free to change-up the nut mixture (you’ll see I used cashews and walnuts). Just make sure to blend throughly :) The coconut flour acts as a binder because I used a banana and didn’t add rolled oats.
- 8 dates (soaked in water and pitted)
- 3/4 cup mixed nuts (I used cashews and walnuts)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp maca powder
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tsp water
- In a food processor, mix nuts, banana, honey and dates. Blend until thoroughly combined.
- Add maca powder, coconut flour and water. Blend again.
- Refrigerate dough for 20 minutes (perfect time to clean up!).
- Roll into bites (size of a golf ball) and enjoy.
- Store in refrigerator.
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