Tired of your same old snacks? Try these orange chocolate energy bites for an easy and healthy make ahead recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth!
You see all those cute snacks on Pinterest, all. day. long.
You pin them, too. Cute fruit dippers, apple snails and goldfish crackers.
Rainbow smoothies, for goodness sake. And you ask yourself if anyone really ever makes seven smoothies just so they look pretty for the kids?
Your own snacking habits, though? They’re bad.
Not “bad” as in “bad food” (I do not believe in the concept of good food and bad food anyways).
Bad as in boring. Uninspired. You just want to find the energy to make those rainbow smoothies already!
The truth is that sleep deprivation and productivity do not really mix. And if you have multiple bad sleepers in a row, chances are you haven’t slept in years. Years!
When you’re so sleep deprived, the simplest tasks become a burden of unimaginable size.
You don’t know how people manage to get dressed in the morning.
Showering? What is that even.
But surviving on goldfish crackers and Doritos as snacks (we’ve all been there!) isn’t going to give you the energy you need to get up and make 7 different smoothies to layer them in a glass.
What you need is a healthy make ahead snack, one that’s both tasty and full of energy-boosting goodness.
One you don’t feel embarrassed about sharing with a surprise play date mom friend.
One you can make once in a big batch, then stash in your fridge (or freezer, depending on how big of a batch we’re talking about).
You need chocolate energy bites!
With a hint of orange because that’s what makes life interesting.
It may seem like a big deal to pull out the food processor and whip up some energy bites, I get it.
Especially because you can’t use that thing while the kids are sleeping.
Because waking them once they’re finally sleeping? That’s insane talk.
But I promise, if you tackle this task you’ll do something amazing for yourself.
Put it down in your calendar, like an appointment. Just write “make energy bites” in a 30 minute block.
It’s OK, I’ll wait.
And make a big batch so it will last you a while.
If you feel like rolling them into balls is crazy, press them into an 8×8 inch square baking pan and cut them into bars once they’re chilled.
I don’t recommend over-feeding them to toddlers and young kids because of the cacao and chia seeds.
So much energy.
My toddler DOES eat them, but only supervised and in reasonable quantities. In the morning.
So… Kid friendly? Yes, somewhat.
But as a quick energy-boosting snack for mom?
They’re an incredible solution.
Oh, you’re still nursing? Better make a double batch.
And keep some on your nightstand while you’re at it. (Probably consider making this even more decadent snack as well. Because feeding a baby? It’s hard work.)
If you follow my advice, I see the energy for rainbow smoothies in your very near future.
But maybe you’ll rather make more energy bites instead, I won’t tell anyone.
Get the printable recipe for chocolate energy bites:
Orange and Chocolate Energy Bites
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- 1 cup dried dates pitted
- 1/4 cup soft dried apricots
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup cashew nuts
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder raw preferred
- zest from 1-2 oranges
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a food processor. Process until everything is evenly chopped and sticks together if you press it into a ball.
- Shape into balls by rolling 2-3 teaspoons of the crumbly mass between the palms of your hands. You can toss them in extra cacao, if you like.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for several weeks.