Meatless Monday Recipe: Peanut Butter Bites
It’s always nice to have a 10 minute snack recipe. You never know when you’re going to need a to-go treat that you can throw in your bag for a last-minute hike or in your car for that impromptu road trip. You could call these cookies if you’re trying to sell them to your kids, but in reality they taste like a less-sweet Lara bar. All you need is a few simple ingredients and a food processor and you’re set.
Dates are one of the greatest things to bake with. In this case, you don’t need any extra sugar as you get all the sweetness you need from the dates. This dried fruit is cholesterol free and low-fat while being rich in vitamins and minerals. They’re a rich source of protein and dietary fiber. They’re also the perfect little energy boost (which is why they’re great in little bites like these.)
We have a crush on this little fruit. As it turns out, people have been munching on dates for a long time. Like cacao, figs and coconut, the date palm is a primeval plant. It’s been cultivated in the Arab world for centuries, and is one of the oldest plants on earth, having been around for 50 million years (give or take). The date palm is known as the tree of life, and Muslim legend states it was made from the dust left over after the creation of Adam.
A delicious dried fruit with a lot of history, that’s our kind of food.
Like we mentioned earlier, this is a super simple recipe using ingredients you probably have lying around. They cure your sweet tooth without making you feel heavy, and are great to make in most snack-needy situations. Happy eating!
Peanut Butter Bites
From: Sprouted Kitchen
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup pitted dates
- Heaping 1/2 cup peanut butter
- two pinches of sea salt (if you’re using unsalted peanut butter)
- 1/4 cup cocoa nibs (if you’re feeling decadent)
In a food processor, pulse the almonds until a coarse meal forms. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, dates, peanut butter and salt. Put everything together until they are generally uniform in color and texture. The mixture should stick together when pressed between your fingers.
If it doesn’t, add another Tbsp. of peanut butter. You can also stir in the cocoa nibs if you’re going that route.
Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls. Press them down with a fork to make a cross hatch. Repeat. Cover and keep chilled in the fridge.