Chocolate Banana Bread Energy Bites [Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free]

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Whenever I think about making energy bites, which I do every three weeks or so because a batch lasts me that long, I usually just think about what I have to use up and what sounds good. These ones I was basically just eating straight out of the food processor like some sort of animal. Next time I need to make a batch, I really need to recreate these.

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These guys get me to run some mornings.

This month’s Recipe Redux theme was things that pair with chocolate. Bananas are an immediate choice. So is peanut butter… of course I used both because I feel the need to eat nut butter and chocolate with everything always.

If I had more time, I probably would have recreated the most amazing dessert I think I have ever had (except maybe sans this insane goat cheese dessert I had once) that was on the menu at Lazy Bear last week, but alas, the past few weeks of my life have been a little… crazy. Thank you for all your kind comments on my Lemony Snicket-esque string of bad luck (props to Suz for that awesome pop-culture call out). So instead, you guys get these balls of deliciousness that I made in November. Whoops. I’m really classic at that.

After my juice cleanse and pretending I was going to get my life back in order, I bought a jar of Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter because… why not? I’ve actually had it for a month and it’s only a quarter of the way eaten, which means I’ve probably had three servings spread out over a few weeks, so I’ll chalk that up to a win. I’ve been having some dark chocolate at night or maybe a baby spoon full (and I mean baby, like a couple teaspoons) of chocolate hazelnut butter. I really need to remember I keep chocolate-y energy bites around for that same reason.

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Remember when I would have awful chunky energy bites?

Chocolate Banana Bread Energy Bites [Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free]
 
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Cuisine: Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 24 balls
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried bananas
  • 1 cup dried figs
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Vega Recovery Protein Powder)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak dried figs and bananas in filtered water for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain figs and bananas and place in food processor with cashews. Pulse until crumbly.
  3. Add protein powder, peanut butter, maple syrup, almond milk, cinnamon and sea salt to food processor and continue to combine until a ball forms.
  4. Place ball in airtight container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Form into 1" balls and store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or the freezer for up to two months.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 84 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 10 g Sugar: 5 g Sodium: 7 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 2 g

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21 comments on “Chocolate Banana Bread Energy Bites [Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free]

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Kim on February 21, 2015 4:51 pm

Those little energy bites sound amazing!!!!
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Cassie on February 21, 2015 8:00 pm

They are my favorite yet!

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Farrah on February 21, 2015 6:33 pm

haha, that’s my philosophy too when I’m making energy bites! :D These look delicious! :]

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Cassie on February 21, 2015 8:00 pm

Not a bad one to have :)

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lindsay on February 21, 2015 7:28 pm

you know i love them balls! hope you are feeling good now friend. xxoo great combo here!

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Cassie on February 21, 2015 7:58 pm

Thank you!! Yes, much better after the craziness of the past few weeks! Hope NZ is lovely :)

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Allie on February 22, 2015 8:03 am

I love finding recipes like this to keep around as a snack for my family. These look great!
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:55 am

Hope they enjoy as much as I did!

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Jill@ Champagne for Everyday on February 22, 2015 12:45 pm

WOW these look amazing!! I love the inclusion of banana – I have yet to see energy bites that contain banana!! I just shared this with my aunt who unfortunately just found out she is celiac – but not to fear with amazing recipes like this.
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:55 am

Aww, I hope she enjoys!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on February 22, 2015 3:08 pm

I really need a food processor. I just don’t think my Nutribullet could cut it for these. Great recipe! Hope you’ve had an awesome weekend! :)
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:54 am

Definitely worth the investment and now you have more cabinet space, right? ;)

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Karli on February 22, 2015 3:14 pm

This combination sounds amazing!

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Alanna on February 22, 2015 4:08 pm

Banana bread in the form of energy bites? Yes, please!! I could pound way too many of these down. The more peanut butter, the better ;)
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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:54 am

chocolate at that!

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on February 23, 2015 11:55 am

Hot diggity dog – I need these in my mornings too! Heck I think I might need these in my afternoons and evenings also – so – pretty pahleez send me some?!

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Cassie on February 26, 2015 1:50 am

I don’t know if they would make it out of my kitchen before I ate them all… o_o

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