pistachio sesame lime energy bites.

If you've been following the blog for awhile, you'll know I quit sugar over two years ago. While I didn't think I was in a bad place with the sweet stuff prior to giving it up, I quickly realized that the 3-5 tsp of agave, vanilla soy milk and dried fruit every day were adding up... and that these simple sugars were also probably the culprit behind the infamous 'go-raw-vegan-and-gain-30-pounds' adventure of 2010. (Oy.) Quitting sugar has been really interesting exploration in how my body - and my clients' bodies - react to an extreme substance and a key component in finding where each person's unique balance sits. I find it so fascinating that we're all built so differently and that we can each tolerate a different amount of everything -- including sugar. 

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So what are these raw vegan {date-filled?!} energy balls doing on here? 

Pistachio Lemon Energy Bites

Well, as a very wise client once told me, 'Life is meant to be sweet'... and I agree! (I also think that life isn't meant to be puffy, which tends to be a side effect of sugar on my person.) It's highly inflammatory, and if you too are living a generally sugar-free lifestyle, even the slightest uptick in your intake can throw your system out of whack. With that in mind, I wanted to put together a simple, portable {just a little bit sweet but highly fueling} snack option in the spirit of long work days and tough workouts. 

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All things considered, these don't have a ton of sugar in them. The only source is the 6 medjool dates, which are divided into 9-12 energy bites. Because they have the benefit of the added fiber, the sugar breaks down a little more gently in the body, as fiber slows the process of blood sugar spiking and crashing. 

They are vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free, containing just six ingredients: dates, almond butter, pistachios, sesame seeds, coconut oil and lime juice.

To be entirely honest, I had to rely on outside tastebuds to test these. After putting these together for a recent round of Plate Joy submissions - like these tacos - I took the batch into work and left them in the kitchen for everyone to sample. I hear they turned out well, though, which is why I'm sharing them here with you! 

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If you're not into the sugar, swap out the dates for more almond butter and coconut oil. I intend to do this next time and freeze them, because I'm all about putting nut butter in the  freezer

Happy snacking... or second breakfast-ing! 

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pistachio sesame lime energy bites
Yields 9
raw, vegan and totally fueling: these are packed with healthy fats, nourishing protein and just a hint of date sugar.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 organic dates, pitted
  2. 1/3 cup organic almond butter
  3. 1/2 cup organic pistachios, shelled
  4. 1/2 cup organic sesame seeds (whichever colour you like)
  5. 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  6. 1 tsp lime juice
Instructions
  1. Coarsely chop dates.
  2. Combine dates and almond butter in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Add pistachios, sesame seeds, coconut oil and lime juice and continue blending until evenly combined.
  4. Roll batter into 1” balls.
Notes
  1. Refrigerate whatever you don't eat right away. Good luck. :)
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