Roll-with-it Oats & Almond Energy Bites

While you might want to fuel up before an extended workout, or grab a bite when your energy starts to flag during a busy workday, in many cases reaching for a store-bought energy bar can mean filling up on high fructose corn syrup and saturated fat. Instead, stock up on an easy-to-make pick-me-up that’s a source of calcium, iron, potassium and more - sugar substitute mesquite is both gluten-free and high in protein, and will help you feel fuller for longer.

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup raw almonds

2 cups pitted dates

2 tbsp. + ¼ cup raw carob powder, separated

2 tbsp. mesquite powder

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Pinch of salt

2 tbsp. melted coconut oil

Instructions:

Place oats, almonds, dates, 2 tbsp. carob powder, mesquite powder, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a food processor. Blend for two minutes, then add oil and process until combined, or until mixture will hold together.

Place mixture in a large bowl and shape into small balls, roll in remaining carob powder and place on a parchment-lined tray.

Freeze for 30 minutes.