Here are a few of the reasons that I like energy bites:
- Easy part of a packed lunch for work or school
- Quick and easy to make
- Can be stored in the freezer
- Grab and go snack
- No packaging
- So many variations to choose from
For these bites I wanted to include some key ingredients:
- Almond butter
- Almond flour
- Blackstrap molasses
I think prunes are a great option to include in your diet, however, I find they are often forgotten about. Prunes help support digestive health, which is how most people think of them – but they are now starting to be considered a power food!
I was happy to collaborate with the California Prune Board to help highlight all of the nutritional and versatility benefits. They are a source of dietary fibre and are naturally sweet – always a bonus in my criteria for bite ingredients. In terms of bone health- eating just one daily serving of about 5 California prunes helps slow bone loss (2).
I chose almond ingredients because they are a good source of calcium (1).
As for the blackstrap molasses – this is a common food that I mention to my clients as a source of calcium, - 175mg per Tbsp (1). However, it’s not exactly something that is a common ingredient in most of our dishes. I was excited to include this ingredient in a recipe.
Pairing these bone-building ingredients made me arrive at this bite. I hope you enjoy….
Bone Builder Bites:
1 cup Prunes
1 cup Oats
½ tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Ginger
¼ tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Almond Butter
2 Tbsp Blackstrap Molasses
½ cup Almond Flour
- In a food processor, process prunes until a ball forms.
- Add in oats and spices and pulse for 30 seconds.
- Add in almond butter, molasses and almond flour and process until combined –mixture will be crumbly but that is okay.
- With wet hands, form balls and place on silicone baking sheet in freezer for 15 minutes.
- Store in airtight container in the freezer.
Looking for more ways to add healthy snacks into your day? Contact Jill, Nurture The Future’s Registered Dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org