When you’re looking for a healthy snack on-the-go, it’s easy to reach for things you shouldn’t – like chocolate, cookies and chips. Choosing a “clean eating” alternative with natural sugars, fiber and protein, you can surprisingly eat a special treat-like snack, without breaking your nutritional goals and clean diet. With only 5 ingredients, you can make these little energy snack bites that end up tasting just like pecan pie! It’s completely gluten-free and vegan, so share away with your friends too, since it works with many diet restrictions! Make these in 5 minutes, and store for up to a week in the fridge. On hand for when you need to grab that better snack option.

Servings: 12-18
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Equipment

  • Food processor

Method

  • In a food processor, process all your pitted dates until a ball begins to form.
  • Add pecans, and process for another minute.
  • Add oats, cinnamon and maple syrup and process for an additional 1-2 minutes or until well blended. Scrape down the sides if necessary as you go.
  • Scoop out 1 tbsp measurements of the mixture, and roll into a ball with your hands. Continue until all the mixture is gone. This should make about 12-18 snack bites, depending on the sizes you create.
  • Firm up by chilling in the fridge, then store in a air tight container or freezer bag in the fridge for up to one week.
Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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