While traveling in Thailand a few years ago, I discovered a few different places selling raw energy bites with spirulina, which were absolutely delicious. I had made my own energy bars with spirulina in the past, but was never happy with the taste. Upon tasting versions that I loved during my travels, I knew I had to try making my own again. These delicious morsels are now on regular rotation in my kitchen. Packed with superfoods and healthy fats, a few of these bites make the perfect snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you full for hours.
Superfood Energy Bites - Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free
1 1/2 cup raw nuts (I used half walnuts and half cashews)
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
2/3 cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa
1 heaping cup dates
2-3 TBSP spirulina
1 t turmeric
Generous pinch of sea salt
2-3 TBSP melted coconut oil
2 TBSP pure maple syrup or raw honey
1 TBSP bee pollen (omit for vegan version)
Process nuts and seeds in your food processor and process until well ground. Add the remainder of the ingredients and process until mixture begins to stick together. You can shape these into balls and roll in additional seeds (like I did in the photo above) or press into an 8x8 pan and slice into squares. Tip: if you are opting to slice into squares, place your pan in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to allow the bars to firm up (this will make them easier to slice). Store in the fridge for up to one week, or freeze to keep longer.
For nutrition nerds like me, here are some fun facts on the superfoods that make these bites so healthy:
- Chia seeds- These tiny seeds are an excellent source of fiber (which helps you feel full longer) and protein, and they are the richest known plant source of omega-3 fatty acids (good fats!).
- Raw Cacao - Raw cacao is the number one source of magnesium of any food on the planet, contains 314% of your recommended daily intake of iron per serving, and has the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world. Yes, chocolate can be a health food!
- Coconut oil - Coconut oil is a raw saturated fat containing mostly medium-chain fatty acids that the body can metabolize efficiently and convert to energy quickly, which makes it a great option for athletes. Coconut oil is also considered to be anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.
-Spirulina - Spirulina consists of about 70% protein, the highest concentration of protein found in any food! Not only that, but it is also a complete protein source (which means it contains all eight essential amino acids).
- Turmeric - In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is considered a whole body cleansing herb and has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation.
- Hemp seeds - Also known as hemp hearts, hemp seeds are another complete protein source and are easily digested and absorbed by the body.
Source of nutritional info (besides what I have collected in my brain over the years): David Wolfe's Longevity Warehouse (which is a GREAT resource if you are interested in learning more about superfoods).
Hope you have a sweet and sunny Saturday!