Photos curtesy of Kristen at Whitefish Photography
When you’re on-the-go and haven’t left time to pack snacks for the day, food often slips onto the back burner as a necessary priority, leaving you with plummeting energy levels when you need energy the most. At least this happens to myself and most of the clients I meet with. Planning ahead isn’t always an easy step in your schedule but creating the habit can leave you feeling energized in-between meals, during a long meeting at work or keeping up with he kids at the park. An easy way to get the nutrients you need is to start buy choosing whole food – make sure you have all three essential macronutrients, protein, heathy fats and carbohydrates – and next, find an easy way for you to bring that trifecta together into a portable, quickly-made snack. And, here I present you with these absolutely scrumptious Lemon Coconut Energy Bites. They are chock-full of healthy protein, fats, fiber and carbohydrates – the perfect group of nutrients using whole foods that taste great.
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup trail mix with almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds (you could use any mix or single nut or seed)
1/3 cup dried shredded coconut + 3 tablespoons to set aside for later
2 – 3 Tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 medium lemon, zested and juiced
pinch of sea salt if trail-mix is unsalted
1 food processor or one mighty blender
- In your food processor or blender add your liquids and other wet ingredients: vanilla, lemon juice, vanilla and honey.
- Next add trail-mix and blend until it’s more of a nut butter.
- Add other ingredients and lightly blend: coconut flour, shredded coconut, lemon zest, coconut oil and pinch of sea salt.
- Grab a cutting board and place the rest of the shredded coconut onto the board in a pile. With a spoon scoop out a spoon-full at a time of batter. Roll in a ball with your hands then roll in dried coconut, covering the energy bite.
This recipe should make 10-12 balls. Keep in the freezer or in an airtight container in the fridge. These are perfect to grab mid-day when you need a little extra sustenance to get you through the afternoon.