Raw, vegan and paleo sea salt, fig and pistachio energy bites are the perfect no bake protein snack on the go!
I’ll admit, the healthy lifestyle I’ve embraced recently isn’t incredibly on the go friendly. I’m constantly looking for a snack I can grab quickly on my way out the door, that’s equally as quick and easy to eat. We’re talking no heating up, mixing or anything, just open a package and it’s ready to eat. It’s a tall order but one that is imperative to fill, on a busy day at the salon snacks (and coffee) are what keep me going, and chances to sit down and enjoy a meal are nonexistent. Let’s be honest, time at home is precious as well, between spending time with my husband, meal prepping, cleaning, and working on this blog; making the snacks needs to take minimal time and effort as well. So I’ve been experimenting with different combinations of nuts and flavor enhancers, to make something so delicious that I would want to eat it even if I had time to make something else! These raw paleo sea salt, fig and pistachio energy bites are my favorite flavor combination so far!
*Makes about 25
2 cups almonds
3/4 cup shelled pistachios
3/4 cup dried figs (with stems removed)
1/2 cup pitted dates
3 Tbsp honey
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Place 1/4 cup pistachios and 1 tsp sea salt into a food processor; pulse until finely ground but not powdery, put in a small bowl and set aside.
Place almonds into a food processor and pulse until they’re the consistency of crumbly sand (not quite as fine as almond meal). Add the remaining 1/2 cup of pistachios, dates, figs, honey, the remaining 1 tsp of sea salt and cinnamon to the ground almonds. Pulse until the ingredients start to cling together and form clumps.
Form mixture into bite sized balls, a little more than a Tbsp size. You can use your hands, or I have a silicone cookie scoop (kind of like this one) that I pack the mixture into. If it seems crumbly at first and doesn’t stick together, keep working with it, the warmth of your hands will heat the honey and dates up to help it stick together. Then roll the balls into the sea salt pistachio grounds you set aside earlier until coated. Place on a piece of parchment and continue until you’re out of the mixture!
These will keep in an air tight container at room temperature for 7 days, in the refrigerator for a month, and in the freezer for 6 months! Enjoy!