Superfood Energy Bites - Three Ways (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)

Dates and nuts have been my go-to snack since starting my Whole30 journey. I KNOW, I KNOW, dates are only meant to be eaten sporadically on Whole30, but it's better than the chocolate I would have reached for otherwise. Also, I like to tell myself that because I exercise at pretty high intensity 5-6 days a week, some extra carbs and sugar in my diet are a-okay. So, I've gotten pretty creative recently with my consumption of said date-nut combination. I started with these Spiced Cashew Date Energy Bites and continued to experiment with new flavors and addition of adaptogens in my latest batch. 

What are adaptogens, you ask? They are herbs and compounds that help your body adapt to stress by modulating your adrenal system. Adaptogens support your adrenals so that your body can both relax and be energized to counteract the effects of physical and mental stress. They also helps to improve immunity, balance your mood, and increase your mental focus. There are numerous adaptogens and each serve a unique purpose, but overall, they're rockstar substances that have been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries.

I've become really interested in testing out adaptogens after some physically and emotionally stressful and draining months in this past year and have been amazed by the noticeable difference in my mood and overall well-being. I've been able to cut down to one cup of coffee a day (which is definitely extra brownie points for my adrenals) and feel less overwhelmed by stress (emphasis on LESS, definitely not underwhelmed by stress). Of course, they don't work for everyone and you should discuss with a healthcare professional if you have a medical condition or are pregnant or nursing.

Another product I've become obsessed with? Collagen. Since I've cut out protein powders that have dairy or artificial sweeteners, collagen has quickly become my favorite way to boost up my protein intake (also, I've found that most protein powders cause a minor allergic reaction on my skin). I use the collagen peptides from Vital Proteins, which I LOVE because it is sourced from grass-fed bovine hides and you cannot taste it at all once you mix it in. It has seriously made my hair grow SO FAST and my nails much stronger. Seriously obsessed with this stuff. 

Anyway, back to these energy bites. They are supercharged with adaptogens and collagen, but you cannot taste them at all, thanks to tons of flavors from the addition of fun and natural flavors like cinnamon, cacao, and freeze-dried strawberries. They make the perfect afternoon snack or post workout snack. Perfect for when you have a sweet tooth, but don't want the sugar crash since these have a healthy dose of fat and protein. I mean, it's pretty much the perfect snack so just make it. You're welcome. 

 

superfood energy bites - three ways (paleo, vegan, Whole30)

1. mocha mushroom energy bites

servings: 14-16 bites

time: 10 mins

difficulty: easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 7 medjool dates
  • 1T coconut oil, melted
  • 2T raw cacao
  • 1 - 1.5t instant coffee (more or less, depending on your palate)
  • 1t reishi
  • 1t cordyceps
  • 2 scoops collagen peptides (omit for vegan)
  • 1/2t sea salt

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand
  2. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of mixture and form into ball. Repeat with the rest of the mixture
  3. Refrigerate for 15 - 20 minutes and enjoy! Keeps refrigerated for up to 2 weeks

2. strawberry vanilla hemp energy bites

servings: 14-16 bites

time: 10 mins

difficulty: easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup freeze dried strawberries
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 7 medjool dates
  • 1T coconut oil, melted
  • 2t vanilla powder (you can use 1t vanilla extract if not on whole30)
  • 2 scoops collagen peptides (omit for vegan)
  • 1/2t sea salt
  • 2T hemp seeds

Directions

  1. Add the freeze dried strawberries to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until a fine powder forms. Wait a few minutes before opening the lid so the powder settles to the bottom of bowl - otherwise you'll inhale lots of strawberry dust!
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients (except hemp seeds) to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand
  3. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of mixture and form into ball. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Roll mixture in hemp seeds
  4. Refrigerate for 15 -20 minutes and enjoy! Keeps refrigerated for up to 2 weeks

3. cinnamon ashwagandha energy bites

servings: 14-16 bites

time: 10 mins

difficulty: easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 7 medjool dates
  • 1T coconut oil, melted
  • 1.5t cinnamon
  • 1t ashwagandha
  • 2 scoops collagen peptides (optional, omit for vegan)
  • 1/2t sea salt

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand
  2. Scoop out 1 tablespoon of mixture and form into ball. Repeat with the rest of the mixture
  3. Refrigerate for 15 - 20 minutes and enjoy! Keeps refrigerated for up to 2 weeks