Retreat Recipes: Chocolate Energy Bites

Eating mindfully for sustained energy is a tremendous gift you can give yourself that will support you in being the best version of yourself. A significant component of the Phoenix-Hearted Woman retreats is the concept of self-care and managing our energy for resilience. Therefore, we include at each of our retreats nourishing food to help us replenish our mental and physical energy and support the maintenance of health.

Chocolate Energy Bites

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Paleo, Vegan
Makes about 16 balls

Vegan and Paleo, these energy bites are satisfying without the processed sugar and carbohydrate fillers. With just a few ingredients, they are ridiculously easy to make, especially if you have a food processor or high powered blender like a Vitamix (I’m not sure how well it would go trying to make these without one). These are my go-to mid-day treat when my energy is running low and I’m craving something that might not serve my resilience well. With the addition of the healthy fats in the form of coconut oil and the use of dates instead of sugar, these bites provide a more health-supporting and energy-sustaining treat that satisfies the desire for something deliciously decadent.

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted Medjool dates
1 cup raw nuts - cashew & walnut (see note below)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder - I prefer Dutch processed
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (extra virgin)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8th teaspoon salt

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to a food processor fitted with the S-blade.

Blend for about 2 minutes until the ingredients come together in a sticky mass and will hold together when pressed. If it is too crumbly, add a teaspoon or two of water and blend it in.

Roll the mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter (about a tablespoon of the mixture) and place on a parchment paper lined baking pan or tray.

See options below if you want to get fancy and roll your energy bites in powdered cocoa or shredded coconut. I prefer them unadorned. This is all about ease for me.

Chill the balls in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. This helps them set and hold together.

Transfer the energy bites into your preferred airtight storage container.

Enjoy!

Options:

1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut to either roll the balls in or blend in with the other ingredients
4 - 5 tablespoons cocoa powder to roll the balls in (if not rolling in the shredded coconut)

Substitute sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds for the nuts if you have nut allergies.

Notes:

Medjool dates are large and squishy dates and can be found in containers in most grocery stores usually in or near the vegetable section.

I use cashew nuts and walnuts, but any nut could be used, or even a combination of nuts such as pecans, almonds or walnuts. (I avoid peanuts for various reasons.) Walnuts are higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, so are a good choice.

If you don’t have coconut oil, just leave it out and add a tablespoon of water or or even almond butter or sunflower seed butter. Coconut oil adds medium-chain fatty acid which supports cognitive health and metabolizes into quick energy without the negative impact on blood sugar levels. Evidence suggests other health benefits of coconut oil.

Storage: These will last about 5 days in an airtight container at room temperature. They are better refrigerated and will last up to one month refrigerated in an airtight container. They can be frozen, as well, and will last for two months if frozen in a sealed freezer bag.