Monday, April 15, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

We love a good snack! But it can be hard to make a healthy snack choice. We don’t know about you but we often reach for something sweet or salty, which usually ends up being a cookie, a bag of chips, or  (GULP) worse ….like candy. We had to come up with a solution quick. Our answer to our sweet and salty sins? Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites!

 

These delicious snacks are actually good for you!  They have Pistachios which are a great source of vitamin E, a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant, essential for maintaining the integrity of cell membranes and often recommended for healthy and beautiful skin.  And they also have Cranberries which work to enhance cell turnover, as well as defend against environmental damage due to high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin B-3, and vitamin B-5.

 

So go ahead and reach for this snack when you get that midday craving…check out the recipe below:

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Ingredients

8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds or wheat germ
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
1 cup shelled pistachio nuts
1 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup white chocolate chips (optional)

 

Method

Combine the dates, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined. You should be able to stir the mixture — if it is too thick, add in another tablespoon or two of honey.

 

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, pistachios, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

 

Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.

 

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

 

Source: Gimme Some Oven

 

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