Goji Berry Cashew Energy Bites

These energy bites are the perfect combination of nutty/salt and sweet, with a lovely crunch that makes them perfect for a pre/post-workout snack.

Energy bites have been something that I have been making for years as a healthy snack for pre-post workouts, or simply to ward off the mid-afternoon hunger. But recently when I was creating this recipe for these "Goji Berry Cashew" energy bites, I was so surprised that I had actually never thought to add Goji berries to my balanced energy bite snacks before. But why don't we learn a little more about these nutrition packed berries.

Goji Berries are considered a superfood berry due to there incredibly high antioxidant rich profile and nutritional content. They are native to Asia and have actually been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, however they are just recently becoming more popular in the United States. What makes these berries so special is that just 1/4 cup of these tangy berries will provide you with 180% of your daily intake (DI) vitamin A, 15% DI Iron, and 30% DI vitamin C. They also impressively for a berry provide 4g of protein for each 1/4 cup serving. [1] 

When I am creating a snack I always think about how I am going to balance out the ingredients to ensure that the snack is both satisfying and will support a stable blood sugar to get me feeling well fueled into my next meal. This means that all of my snacks need to include three key properties.

  1. Protein | Minimum of 5g-10g to help aid in blood sugar balance and support feelings of satiety.
  2. Fat | Healthy fats rich in omega-3's support long-lasting blood sugar control, and help with keeping satiety lasting longer. 
  3. Fiber | Supports healthy digestion, feelings of satiety, and support blood sugar balance. 

When these three properties are combined you are guaranteed to have a snack that is going to leave you feeling satisfied and wont cause a quick spike and then drop in blood sugar that could lead to a hunger craving soon after. 

What I love most about energy bites though is how easy they are to store and how portable they are on the go. After I make a batch of these energy bites I always store them in the freezer and then will just take 1-2 out and place in a plastic bag to bring with me on the go. I focus on using very minimal ingredients, that are packed with antioxidants, and the three key properties to a balanced snack that I mentioned above. As you will see in the recipe below, these energy bites have no added sugar and are sweetened only by the protein powder I use, and a few dates.

If you would like a sweeter energy bite, or would prefer to use a different nut butter just adjust the recipe to fit your tastes. Please note though that if you adding additional liquid sweetener you may need to back off a bit on the nut butter, or add a tablespoon more flour to get the right consistency. 


Goji Berry Cashew Energy Bites

makes 12-14 energy bites


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 scoops vegan protein
  • 1/4 tsp himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1/4 cup goji berries

Method

  • Add all ingredients, excluding the goji berries to a high-speed food processor (I personally use an 8-cup cuisinart)
  • Once a dough begins to form add the goji berries and blend for another 30 seconds
  • Roll dough into mini balls and place in freezer for 1 hour before serving.
  • Note: I like to store these in the freezer 

[1] Seeram, Navindra P. "Berry fruits: compositional elements, biochemical activities, and the impact of their intake on human health, performance, and disease." (2008): 627-629.

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