It’s that time of year! Time to break out the meal prep and healthy snacks and maybe some indulgences for those New Year’s resolutions. These Cinnamon Almond Bites are perfect for a quick dessert or a taste to satisfying your sweet tooth. I think they’re fine energy bites, and if you choose to coat them in cocoa powder or cinnamon sugar, they become a bitter, dark indulgence or a sweet one. I make them instead of protein muffins and enjoy with some a cup of coffee or with fruit/extra carbs to balance them out. Either way, have fun with these bite-sized energy bites!
Ingredients (makes 12 bites with 4-6 servings).
- 1/4 c walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 c almond butter
- 1/4 c almond flour
- 2 T cinnamon plant-based protein powder *
- 1 T agave nectar
- 1/4 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t vanilla
- Unsweetened cocoa powder and/or cinnamon sugar to coat (optional)
* NOTE: you can swap this for vanilla protein powder. Just increase cinnamon form 1/4 t to 1/2 t. You can also use a plant-based protein powder like like LivWell, but please note that while I have received products from LivWell, I only post recipes with things that I have made and loved myself. Sharing is caring, right? Use the code EDSR10 for 10% off.
- In a blender or small food processor, grind walnuts. Add finely ground walnuts to a small bowl with almond butter through vanilla. Mix well. Add water in 1 teaspoon increments to allow all dry ingredients to be incorporated and a batter to form.
- Alternatively, add walnuts through vanilla directly to a food processor and process until batter forms. You may need to scrap down the sides. Again, adding water as needed.
- Lightly spray hands with coconut oil cooking spray (or one of choice) to prevent the batter from sticking (optional). Roll dough into 12 small, 1″ diameter balls. If desired, toss bites in cinnamon sugar (for an extra sweetly spiced version) or cocoa powder (bitterly dark).
- Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 1 week or freezer for 1-2 months.
Inspired by The Toasted Pine Nut‘s “Cinnamon Roll Bliss Balls.” Like ’em? Check out Craisin Walnut Energy Bites or Coconut Almond Butter Bites.
Nutrition for 1 bite (not including coating).
70 calories • 5.7 g fat (67%) • 3.1 g carbs (17%) • 3.2 g protein (17%) • 1.2 g sugar
* These are estimates based off specific products I used and how I entered ingredients in a fitness tracker. This is completely subjective and used to give a rough nutritional estimate.