These little bites pack a huge punch in both the flavor and fuel department. They taste like a chewy gingerbread cookie and are perfect with a cup of tea as a 4pm pick me up.
It's so easy to reach for cookies, candy, or a sugary coffee drink to get us through the last few hours of the workday, but that's a short term fix leaving us to crash a few hours later - right when we arrive home to spend time with our families. Snacks should be a combination of protein, fat, and fiber to keep us satiated and our energy levels balanced. These chewy bites are just that - combining dates, cashews, rolled oats, and warming spices into a perfectly portable package. They take literally 5 minutes to blitz together in the food processor and keep extremely well for several months in the freezer so you always have a healthy grab and go snack on hand.
Cashew Chai Energy Bites
Makes 12-16 bites
1 cup whole raw cashews
1 cup pitted medjool dates
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tsp. chai masala spice (I have this brand)
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom (depending on your chai spice blend, I seldom think they have enough)
**If dates are hard, soak for 10 minutes in hot water to soften. Drain well.
Add cashews to food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. Add remaining ingredients and process / pulse until a loose dough ball forms and ingredients are well mixed. To check consistency, squeeze a small piece of dough between your hands. If it holds together, it's done. Roll mixture into rounded tablespoon sized balls and refrigerate in a single layer for at least an hour to firm up before eating / storing. They will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
To freeze: Layer balls with parchment paper and keep in a well sealed container for 2-3 months.