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Key Lime Pie Energy Bites

Protein packed energy bites that taste just like key lime pie! These treats are just as nutritious as they are delicious. Freeze them to pack in lunches or for a cool treat on a hot day, you won't be sorry.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Set Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • food processor, optional
  • Citrus Juicer, Optional
  • Zester
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 10-12 Whole Medjool Dates soaked & pitted
  • 2 Cup Raw Cashews coarsely chopped
  • 4 TBSP Hemp seeds (Optional)
  • Cup Shredded Coconut Unsweetened
  • 4 Limes Zested
  • ½ Limes Juiced
  • 1 Vanilla Bean seeded
  • ¼ TSP Sea Salt to taste
  • 2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder unsweetened

Instructions
 

  • Gather ingredients.
  • Before beginning the recipe coarse chop & soak the dates 15-20 minutes in water & drain before use.
  • Coarse chop cashews, reserve 4 tbsp in a small separate bowl & set aside,
  • Add the remaining ingredients, except the protein powder (set aside 4 scoops in a small bowl ready to go, you will need this next) & process in the food processor until smooth.
    You may need to stop and scrape the bowl to help it fully incorporate. The mixture will be very sticky.
    NOTE: If you do not have a food processor coarse chop the cashews by hand and use a whisk & a butter knife (to get the sticky ingredients out as you mix until very well incorporated).
  • With the food processor running add the protein powder & mix until well incorporated.
  • Line an 8x8 dish with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl mix the shredded coconut and reserved cashews together.
  • Using clean hands (this is a raw dish), gloves or a spatula press the mixture into the parchment in the 8x8 dish.
  • Sprinkle ½- ¾ of the coconut-cashew topping mixture onto the top of the pressed energy bite mixture. Freeze at least 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours the treat mixture should have "set" but it will still be very sticky underneath. Remove from freezer & slice like you're cutting brownies. Use the extra chopped cashew and coconut mixture (on top) to help as you roll it into balls.
    ***1 in. x 1 inch for small bites and 2x2 inch for medium sized energy bites. I mixed up the sizes, just to see which I liked better. They're both delicious but we prefered the 1x1 bites... you decide what you'd like best.
    Roll the cut squares into balls and roll the energy balls into the medium bowl of shredded coconut-cashew mixture to cover the mixture completely. This adds a really great texture to the energy ball and your hands won't be sticky after you eat them.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Haute and Healthy Living 
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