Energy Bites, Natural Truffles, and Almond Balls, Oh My!
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Energy Bites, Natural Truffles, and Almond Balls, Oh My!

We love us some sweet stuff here at Brit + Co., but we also like to keep things healthy when we can. Last week, we rounded up our favorite on-the-go snack recipes from the blogosphere and served up our very own healthy chocolate chip recipe. And this week, we’ve got food contributor Caitlin Dunn here to share 3 of her favorite sweet and healthy bites for keeping energy levels up, even if you’re on the move.

1. Coco-Nutty Energy Bites

These were created during a no-processed foods cleanse, and are basically like cookie dough balls, but healthy!

Ingredients:

– 1 cup oats

– 1/2 almond butter (or peanut butter)

– 1/3 cup honey

– 1 cup coconut flakes

– 1/4 cup ground flaxseed

– 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

– 1 tsp vanilla

It’s as simple as mixing together all of your ingredients in a bowl, rolling them into 1 inch balls, and firming ’em up in the fridge. For more details, head here.

2. Natural Chocolate Truffles

Next up, some of the healthiest truffles we’ve ever seen. Admittedly, these may not replace your favorite Lindt truffles, but are the perfect chocolatey, gummy fruit snack for getting your sweet fix in the middle of the day.

Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup pitted prunes (yes, prunes!)

– 1/4 cup pitted dates

– 3 tablespoons almond butter (or other nut butter)

– 1 tablespoon maple syrup

– 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

– 1/2 cup grated unsweetened coconut

It’s best to use a food processor for this one, and you’ve got some tough ingredients to contend with. Run everything through the food processor, adding just a couple ingredients at a time. Roll in coconut, and you’re done. Full how-to here.

3. Almond Date Balls

And finally, a dish inspired by yoga!

Ingredients:

– 1 cup raw almonds

– 1/2 cup pitted dates

– 1 tablespoon water (or rose water)

– 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

– 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (or vanilla)

– 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Blend, form with your hands (it will get sticky!), and voila! Again, be sure to check out the original recipe over on Teaspoon.

How do you create your own healthy sweets?  We’d love to try out and possibly feature your recipes! Leave us a note in the comments below or come find us on Twitter. And remember to stay energized! :)

Caitlin Dunn has been craving sweets since the day she was born.  If not in the kitchen, you will find her crafting her latest project of the week. She documents the intersection of baking, crafts, tea, and everyday life on her blog Teaspoon.