By October, that “fresh new start kinda feeling” that comes with the beginning of the school year has all but dwindled. The reality of our hectic daily routine has set in. I was doing well for a while…having the lunches packed, water bottles filled and kids’ clothes laid out the night before, but I feel myself losing steam already. Help!
I came up with these naturally sweet energy bites in an attempt to give us that little boost we need to get through the week. They’re packed with all the goodness of fresh ingredients and contain tons of vitamins, fiber, protein and antioxidants. But, the best part is, they’re made with succulent autumnal flavors like cinnamon, apples, dates and nutmeg. AND, did I mention, no baking is required?!
Just one of these little guys is enough to curb that late afternoon hunger pang. They’re also perfect little treats to have on the counter when the kids come home from school. You can add just about anything to them including chia, flax or sunflower seeds (for some omega-3’s), chocolate chips (just cause their yummy) or substitute any type of nut butter. Pop them in the fridge at home and take one out when you feel like you’re craving something sweet. Throw a few in a Tupperware and take them to work for a quick snack! What could be better than an easy to make treat that smells like apple pie but is healthy for you too? They’re the perfect little indulgence!
On a side note, you may have noticed things have changed a bit here on The Hanging Spoon blog. I’m loving my new design and hope you will enjoy the new set-up even more. I cringe when I look back at my writing and photographs from when I first started the blog back in 2014…yikes! Thank goodness I took a few photography classes! As a complete science nerd in college and grad school, writing has never been my forte, but each time I enter a new post on the blog I seem to feel a bit more confident. I’m honestly amazed by how many talented people there are in the food blogging world and I’m constantly in awe of their work. For me, this blog continues to be a journey in perseverance and humility. But, I’m truly grateful that I have this wonderful place to share my love of exceptional food, health and well being. The thought that I may have inspired even one person to make positive changes, is enough to keep me going.
- ½ apple roughly chopped (with skin)
- 1 cup pitted dates
- ¾ cup rolled oats (use gluten free oats to make this a gluten free snack)
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp vanilla
- In a food processor, combine dates and apples and pulse until pieces are very small.
- Add in remaining ingredients and pulse just until all ingredients are blended together.
- Roll into small balls (about 1½ in. diameter).
- Refrigerate at least 20 minutes to set them.
- Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.