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!
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.