Perfect as an energizing snack or a cleansing side, these tasty balls of joy are easy to make and easy to share. Ingredients below are for one batch, which makes about 6-8 good-sized Energy Bites, depending on how you measure at the beginning. I tend to start with generous amounts of fruit, so each batch usually yields 7-8 large Bites.

Once I made ten batches in a single session, for a potluck. The cleanup and prep was all assembly-line and fairly simple, but two pairs of hands would have made it a one-hour session instead of two. You can easily make 1-3 batches anytime, but if you’re going for a marathon, I suggest enlisting someone to help. Plus, making nummy foods with someone you like or love can be a lot more fun!

Collect the items below for each batch. Try to get as few additives as possible, for the best flavor. Note that these are both vegan and gluten-free.

  • 1 cup Pitted dates, whether whole, torn, or chopped
  • 1 cup Dried apples – chewy rings or slices. Sprouts and Trader Joe’s have some that are unsweetened.
  • ½ cup Rolled oats – old-fashioned whole grain work best to balance the consistency of the dates.
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Vanilla – real extract if possible
  • 1 tbsp* Agave – blue agave syrup is available in bottles from many grocery stores.
    • *1 tsp may suffice if you like a milder flavor, but the agave I use is so smooth, I prefer to use one full tablespoon (1 tbsp) in each batch. It blends gently through each Bite with a subtle sweetness, and it seems to help everything bind a little better, too.

Start by soaking the dates for 10-15 minutes in a bowl of warm water, then drain.

Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until it makes a thick paste. Add a little water as needed to help get everything good and sticky. I find that a hefty sprinkling of water does the most good after a few pulses on the food processor.

Scoop out with a wooden spoon or a silicone spatula (mind the blade!), then form into balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes. An open plate works fine if you’re planning to serve them soon, but for next-day preparation, I line a container with parchment paper, fill it with Bites, and put the lid on immediately. They stay fresh for up to 24 hours with this treatment, although refrigeration is best until just before you serve them. I can’t say how long they remain tasty afterward, since I’ve never seen them make it more than 24 hours without delighting someone!

Thanks to Emily at My Just Right Life (now Emily Kathleen Writes) for the original recipe!