I could eat these Craisin Walnut Energy Bites all in one sitting. They’re so good. Why have I been buying store-bought granola or energy bars all this time? These are just under 90 calories a bite and about 180-270 calories per serving (depending if 2 or 3 bites is a serving). While it’s not that much difference calorie-wise for a commercial energy or granola bar, what is different is that you know exactly what goes into these energy bites: nuts, dried fruit and oats. No added sugar. No preservatives. Nothing you don’t want. Sounds like a perfect pre- or post-work out snack, right? I can’t wait to experiment with new nut, dried fruit and spice combinations. These craisin walnut energy bites are definitely a recipe you must try!
Ingredients (makes 18-20 “bites”; serving size of 2-3 bites).
- 1 c walnuts
- 1/2 c reduced sugar craisins
- 1/2 c golden raisins (or pitted dates)
- 3/4 c oats
- 2 T chia seeds (optional)
- 1/2 t vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of nutmeg
- In a food processor or small blender, pulverize oats. Then add walnuts and blend well.
- Add in remaining ingredients and blend well or until mixture starts to stick together.
- Form the dough into bite-size balls. If desired, you can also make bars (yields about 6 bars).
- Briefly refrigerate before serving to allow the bites to set. Bites can be refrigerated for up to 2-3 weeks or frozen.
NOTE: I used a Magic Bullet, and I did have to halve the portions in order to mix everything properly. I did about half the recipe at a time, blended the second half and then combined both. The chia seeds weren’t in the original recipe, but I added them for some added nutrition. I’m trying my next batch without to compare which ones I enjoy the most!