Chocolate Banana Bread Energy Bites [Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free]
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.
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.
- 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
- Soak dried figs and bananas in filtered water for 15 minutes.
- Drain figs and bananas and place in food processor with cashews. Pulse until crumbly.
- Add protein powder, peanut butter, maple syrup, almond milk, cinnamon and sea salt to food processor and continue to combine until a ball forms.
- Place ball in airtight container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- 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.
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What do you think pairs the best with chocolate? Do you have to have some chocolate every day?