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Grass Fed: Vegan, No-Bake, Java Chip Energy Bites

carol coffee 2

It all started with reading the cookie recipe on the back of the Toll House chocolate chip bag.  I used to live for the challenge of crafting that perfect, chewy, melt in your mouth chocolate chip cookie. I’m still constantly on the search for new and improved recipe, but my butter beatin’, sugar siftin’ days are over. With a focus on healthy, unprocessed ingredients, I hope to share with you some amazingly simple and delicious recipes that are easy enough to incorporate into your everyday lives.

carol balls 2To get things started, you must know something about me. I love coffee. It’s more than a love, it’s an addiction. I frantically down three cups every morning as I race out the door. Even when the pencil in my hand is shaking uncontrollably during math class, I can’t help stopping by the coffee shop on the fourth floor. I mean, a dollar fifty for a cup of coffee? That’s too good to pass up. And what goes with a hot cup of coffee better than a rich and delicious square of dark chocolate?

carol ballsNothing. Absolutely nothing.

This recipe combines not one, but TWO of my favorite things, which makes it very fitting for my first blog post.

They may be vegan, but don’t let that scare you. These Java Chip Energy Bites are packed with flavor and are easy enough for even the most culinary challenged. If you’re the type who burns frozen pizza and Easy Mac every time you make it, this recipe is for you. No oven required.

With protein, healthy fats and natural sugars, these are perfect for a pre-workout snack, or for a healthy bite on-the-go.

Healthy, delicious and only four ingredients? What are you waiting for?

carol cashewIngredients

(makes 12-14 balls)

(1 cup) raw cashews

(2 tbsp) organic coffee beans

(1 cup) packed dates, pitted

(1/4 cup) organic dark chocolate, chopped

carol datesInstructions:

  • Place the cashews and coffee beans in a food processor and break down into a powder. (It’s okay if there are still little chunks, It’s better not to overblend or else you will end up with cashew butter)
  • Add the dates and mix until a dough forms.
  • Place in a bowl and mix in the chocolate.
  • Roll into balls and enjoy :)
  • Store in refrigerator for up to a week.
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