Only 7 ingredients and 30 minutes stand between you and these apple pie bliss bites. Packed with wholesome ingredients to power you through than afternoon slump these snacks are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and refined-sugar free.
I’m going to be completely honest with you guys (because that’s what blogs are for right?). I had never made energy bits before creating this recipe. I know. Crazy right? But it’s true. Phew…I’m glad to have gotten that off my chest. Now…on to why you should give these apple pie bliss bites a try.
I’m gonna get a little nerdy with you guys right now. But not too much. Alright, carbohydrates ARE NOT BAD. Let me just say that again so it can sink in a bit: Carbohydrates are not bad. Carbohydrates are an important energy source for the human body. Our brain and muscles love carbohydrates and need them to function properly. Quick, easy energy. That’s what our body sees when it’s given carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are a slower form of energy which means that your body is still going to get the energy but the sugar will enter your bloodstream slowly, and be absorbed slowly. In the simplest terms, there’s not going to be an energy crash after eating complex carbs like there might be after eating straight sugar. And that’s a good thing! We want our food to give us long-lasting energy. No afternoon crashes wanted.
Fat is an as an important component of our food. It helps us stay full, longer. And that’s great because no one wants to be eating constantly right? We are busy people and we have other important things to do with our day besides eat. Fat is also an important component for brain function. Just like carbohydrates, your brain needs fat to work properly. All the fats in this recipe come from plants which means that they have positive health attributes. Chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds all provide healthy fats in this recipe.
We know that protein in important in building lean muscle. But did you also know that protein plays an important roll in cell formation and functionality, as well as the health and well-being of your immune system? It’s true, proteins are not a one-stop shop when it comes to their importance in the diet. And plant-based proteins are just as useful as animal-based ones. Thank the almonds, oats and chia seeds for their supply of plant-based proteins in this snack.
What do you guys think about gaining a little more nutritional background information about these apple pie bliss bites? Is this something you’d enjoy reading more of in the future? Or is it all just way too much information? Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on this information as well as any feedback you have on the bites themselves.
Ingredient Health Benefits
Almonds-protein, fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron
Apple- vitamin C, soluble and insoluble fiber
Oats-vitamins A & B; calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese; soluble and insoluble fiber; phytochemicals
Sunflower seeds- polyunsaturated fats, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, selenium, copper
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Apple Pie Bliss Bites
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- 5-6 soft dates
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 1-2 tsp apple pie spice
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup sunflower seed butter
- Add rolled oats and slivered almonds to a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the oat and almond mixture and pulse until a ball forms.
- Scoop out 1½ tbsp amounts of mixture and roll into a ball. Mixture will be sticky so wetting your hands may help keep it from sticking to your skin.
- Place balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put into the freezer until firm. About 30-35 minutes.
- Once firm, remove from freezer and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.