Recipe: $7.10 | Per Serving: $0.44 | Yield: 16
Welcome to Christmas week!! Today we have cinnamon date bites (aka nut and date energy balls / power balls / Larabars), made Snickerdoodle-style! These Snickerdoodle date bites are fast and easy, and a great high energy snack!
This week we're getting festive with a few Christmas-themed recipes, and I'm starting with these delicious little snickerdoodle date bites. You don't have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy them though!
These date bites are made with just a few ingredients, namely dates and nuts but they're flavored with cinnamon-y goodness and a little more protein than your average holiday snack.
While I'm not a huge fan of dates, I do love nut-and-date bites because they're really easy to make, and for me, they have always been a good pre-workout snack. I whipped up another batch of these beauties over the weekend and plan to pop them before my workouts this week.
And if you're thinking about macronutrient balance, for me, these are not too high in any one macronutrient, and there's no added sugar, but they're probably not a great meal replacement since the protein per bite is only 3 grams. However, you could definitely add these to a lunchtime snack box, or an appetizer or dessert spread and they would be a great fit!
If you wanted more protein, I would recommend swapping the almond and cashew ratios (1 cup almonds, ½ cashews), and adding in up to ¼ cup of hemp seeds. I love making energy bites higher in protein, but I wanted these to be a little more of a snickerdoodle-style dessert, and since cashews are sweeter than almonds, I kept them as the higher ratio in this recipe.
Snickerdoodle Date Bites
- 8 ounces Medjool or other dates (about ¾ cup, 10-12 dates)
- 1 cup cashews
- ½ cup almonds
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons water
- Add all ingredients to food processor and blend until desired consistency is reached, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. I like mine more textured, so I blend and scrape until the dough sticks together, but while there are still chunks of nuts!
- Scoop into approximately 1 Tablespoon-sized chunks. I use a small ice cream scoop to get even sizes. Roll between your two palms until balls are formed and store in refrigerator or freezer.
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