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Dark Chocolate Cherry & Chia Seed Energy Bites

Course Snack
Yield 20 -ish bites

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate or cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup raw pepitas
  • 1 cup peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, or other nut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup dried tart cherries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, chia seeds, dark chocolate, and pepitas. Stir to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the nut/seed butter, honey, vanilla, and the salt. Stir until smooth. Pour the nut butter and honey mixture over the oat mix and stir until evenly coated. Then stir in the cherries.
  3. On a parchment-lined baking sheet using a 2-3" cookie cutter, press the energy bar mix into the cutter and press firmly. Continue until the mixture is gone. Without a cookie cutter, roll about 2 tbsp mix into a ball, place on baking sheet and flatten. Work with wet hands to minimize sticking.
  4. Place the energy bars in the refrigerator until firm, then transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Notes

Source: Food for my Family