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The cherry blossoms are in peak bloom! To celebrate, we’re sharing a recipe for cherry + almond energy bites. This one-bite vegan snack will satisfy your sweet tooth and will also give you a healthy dose of protein from the raw almonds and almond butter.

Ingredients:

  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1.25 cups raw almonds, soaked overnight in water
  • 1/3 cup dried unsweetened cherries
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup shelled pumpkin seeds, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 3 tbsp raw unsweetened almond butter

Directions:

  1. Soak almonds in covered container overnight in refrigerator 
  2. Remove almonds the next day and place in food processor, and pulse until chopped into tiny pieces
  3. Add pitted dates to processor and pulse to create paste
  4. Toss flaxseed meal and almond butter intro processor and grind until smooth mixture forms
  5. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and dried cherries into food processor, and pulse gently until incorporated
  6. Use hands to roll mixture into ball shapes (note: balls should be slightly smaller than a golf ball for ideal portioning)
  7. Pour coconut flakes on a nearby plate, and roll balls in shredded coconut until covered
  8. Place in refrigerator and chill until ready to serve

Yields roughly 16-18 servings. Approximate calories per serving: 130.

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