Pecan Pie Power Bites

I have some deep southern roots, which brings with it a serious love of pecan pie. The problem is that I don’t feel so great after I eat all that sugar. Give me a bag of potato chips and all bets are off, but sugar and I don’t really get along. In the afternoon though, I almost always need a boost so I have come to love raw protein bites that are just sweet enough to give you that yummy flavor but not over the top.

With the Holiday Season around the corner pecan pie has been on my mind… so I started dreaming about it, and decided to pack that yummy flavor into one of my favorite afternoon snack foods.

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This recipe is simple and raw and will make you about 16 one inch round bites. All you need it a food processor and a few staple ingredients!

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For the pitted dates, just be sure the pits are out, sometimes there are a few still stuck in there and they will not be kind to the blade of your food processor. Add all of the ingredients together and pulse until combined into a even course meal.

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Next grab about one tablespoon of the mixture and squeeze it until it clumps together and lightly roll it into a ball about one inch in diameter. For decoration and a little extra protein you can take a pecan and press it into the top. Refrigerate the bites for about one hour and serve.

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To keep them for a longer period of time, you can freeze them and just grab them as you want them. They taste great frozen too;) Enjoy! <3 Liza

Pecan Pie Power Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 16 one inch bites

Serving Size: 1 bite (about 34 grams)

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Pecan Pie Power Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pecans (more for garnish)
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients into your food processor and blend until a coarse meal forms and all of the ingredients have evenly distributed. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into your hand and squeeze until it clumps together and then gently roll the mixture into a ball. At this point you can add one pecan to the top of each bite as a garnish but pressing it into the ball. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Enjoy immediately or freeze them and enjoy them for longer!
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