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Cocoa-Almond Energy Bite

These gluten-free energy balls come together in minutes in the blender and are flavored with dates, almond butter, and cocoa powder.

Photos: Andrea DAgosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Paul Jackman

Makes 12 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup soft dates
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tbs. almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs. cocoa powder, plus 2 tbs. for coating

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all the ingredients (minus the coating) in a powerful blender or food processor.
  2. Blend, scraping down the sides frequently until the mixture forms a coarse purée.
  3. Spread coating on a large plate.
  4. Scoop out level tablespoons of the mixture, then roll into 1-inch balls and place on the plate.
  5. Roll the balls in the coating until well covered, then place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a month.

is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer and cookbook author. She is the author of Great Bowls of Food.

Photos: Andrea DAgosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Paul Jackman

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