Lovable Snack Bites

by Christina Meyer-Jax, Tastemaker in Residence

 photo from  Eating Well

photo from Eating Well

This recipe is inspired by The Minimalist Baker, these no bake bites are full of fiber and are naturally sweetened with fruit.  A perfect snack to add with or after your “me” time activities.

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup raw (unsalted) walnuts or cashews
1 cup firmly packed dried unsweetened mango (or dried apple slices works too if you don’t like mango)
10 pitted medjool dates
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/3 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut (or substitute finely chopped pecans if you don’t like coconut)
Optional: 1 lime, zested (if using mango) or 1 teaspoon of cinnamon if using apple
Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Put nuts on a baking sheet and toast for 8-12 minutes or until light golden brown set aside.
  3. While nuts are cooling, add dried mango (or apple) to a mixing bowl and cover with warm water. Let soak for 5-7 minutes or until bendable but not too soggy. Drain, pat and dry off excess moisture. Set aside on a towel.
  4. Add nuts to a food processor and mix into a fine meal. Remove from bowl and set aside.
  5. Add pitted dates and soaked, dried mango (or apple) to the food processor and mix until a rough paste/sticky dough forms.
  6. Add nut meal back in, along with hemp seeds, shredded coconut, lime zest (optional if mango), cinnamon if apple and sea salt. Mix until it forms a moldable dough. Add more coconut or hemp seed if it feels too sticky or wet. Add more dates if it’s too dry.
  7. Scoop out rounded 1-1.5 Tablespoon amounts and roll into little balls in the palms of your hands. Then roll in more shredded coconut or hemp speeds, finely chopped pecans or a mixture of all.
  8. Enjoy immediately. Store at room temperature up to 3-4 days, in the refrigerator 1 week, or in the freezer up to 1 month.