Chocolate Chippy Bites

I am so inspired by Happyhopeyyogi. She is so brave and when she has an idea, she implements it right away without thinking about it too much. About a month ago, Hope encouraged me to put one of my energy bite recipes on my website. A bunch of fears came up for me when she asked. What recipe will I share? Will people like it? How do I make a blog post? What if I look stupid? Life has taught me that when resistance comes up it is an opportunity for growth so I took the challenge.

Being fully inspired, I went home and pulled out all my ingredients for the perfect energy bites. I hope you enjoy these Chocolate Chippy Bites as much as I do. They are great when you are on the go and leading a busy lifestyle.  

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I started by making my own cashew butter as it is healthier than the store bought alternatives. I used about 3/4 cup of raw cashews in my favorite Breville food processor. No need to add any liquids just press start! It will look like this when you have processed it enough. 

 Homemade cashew butter

Homemade cashew butter

Then, I toasted my coconut flakes in my cast iron skillet. Make sure you buy unsulfured coconut to keep it clean. 

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I added all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and combined. Sometimes when I make bites I stop at this step and just roll into bite sized balls but this time I decided to add everything back to the food processor to reduce the size of the chocolate chip and oatmeal pieces. 

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That's it, now just roll into bite sized balls and enjoy! You can experiment with different types of seeds, nuts and sweeteners. If you are gluten free make sure you use gluten free oatmeal. If you are nut free you can substitute sunflower seed butter for cashew butter. If you are on the paleo diet you can eliminate oatmeal all together and just add more seeds and nuts (i.e. sunflower, pumpkin or chia seeds). If you are on a low glycemic diet you can experiment and swap coconut nectar for maple syrup. Please comment below on how yours come out! 

Chocolate Chippy Bites (vegan)

Makes 16 bites

Ingredients

1 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes

1/2 cup coconut butter 

1/2 cup cashew butter 

1/2 cup ground flax seeds 

1/4 cup hemp seeds 

1/3 cup chocolate chips 

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

dash (or two) of salt

Directions

1. Gather all your ingredients 

2. If you are making your own cashew butter, measure out raw cashews and put them in the food processor. Blend for a few minutes or until the desired consistency is reached. 

3. Measure out coconut flakes and put them on the stovetop to toast for a short amount of time, just until the edges brown. 

4. If you are using whole flax seeds you will need to grind them first to make them easier to digest. 

5. Place all the ingredients in the food processor and pulse a few times until blended well. 

6. Shape dough into small balls (about 16) and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. 

 

 Chocolate Chippy Bites finished product

Chocolate Chippy Bites finished product