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Butterfinger Energy Bites (GF, DF, Vegan, Vegetarian, Refined Sugar Free)

February 15, 2016

I’ve been looking for quick post workout snacks (who isn’t these days?) that have few ingredients, easy, and are good for you.  Enter these amazing Butterfinger Energy Bites.  These use just 5 whole food ingredients and LITERALLY taste like the inside of a Butterfinger.  Can I get a HOLLAAAAA?!  They are creamy, crispy, and chewy and are filled with a magical good for you ingredient that is full of protein, vitamin C & K, and iron….Drum Roll…..Dried Mulberries!  They are kind of like a chewy raisin, very sweet and crunchy if kept in the fridge.  You can find these little nuggets at any health food store, Whole Foods, or even on Amazon.  I found mine in the bulk food bins at Whole Foods.  I dipped a few of mine in a little chocolate sauce made from melting 2 T chocolate chips + 1 T coconut oil (for when those chocolate cravings hit) or you can throw in a few chocolate chips if you like.  I wanted to keep mine fairly “clean” so that I can have a few of them at a time, without feeling any guilt!  I store these energy bites in the freezer for easy snacking! This is the second batch I’ve made in a week, they are that good.  They would make a great addition to you or your child’s lunchbox as well!

Makes about 15-18 bites

1/2 cup (non oily) almond butter (I had the best results with Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter or Trader Joe’s Crunchy Almond Butter*)

2 T coconut oil *see notes below

1 cup dried white mulberries

1/2 cup quick cooking gluten free rolled oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

1 t chia seeds

1 scoop of Vanilla protein powder (I used Ka’Chava Tribe)

1/2 T maple syrup (optional add if you’d like it a little sweeter)

2 T mini choc chips (optional)

2 scoops Vital Proteins Marine Collagen powder (optional)

In a blender or food processor, combine the first 6 ingredients until smooth.  Using a melon baller or teaspoon scoop the mixture and roll into balls.  Place on a plate and freeze for an hour and then place in the fridge.  Or ideally, store in the freezer until ready to eat!

Butterfinger Energy Bites (GF, DF, Vegan, Veg, Refined Sugar Free)

My friend Brandi, over at the Vegan 8 has a great recipe for a Raw Vegan Butterfinger Candy Bar that you must try!  This was the inspiration for these bites when I was creating them.

*Update 3/10/16 – I tried to make these with a creamy almond butter and the recipe was a fail.  If that’s all you have on hand, I suggest not adding the coconut oil and see how the mixture comes together. You may only need 1 T of oil or possibly none at all.