Last summer when I was pregnant, I went through a handful of rather queasy months. I never got very sick, but from mid-morning through the afternoon it was always a little touch and go. I found that sometimes even though it was the last thing I wanted to do, if I ate just a little bit I would feel better. As a result, I began keeping snacks in my purse in case I needed to nibble on something while I was away from home. I picked up some Larabars at the grocery store and got totally hooked on them; I still keep a couple in my purse! If you’re not familiar, they are simply pureed dates with nuts and some salt and additional flavors. Not surprisingly, the peanut variety was my favorite. I loved that they include only a few basic ingredients and no preservatives.
These energy bites are modeled after those bars and the flavor combinations are virtually limitless.
The pureed dates form the base for these snack bites, but beyond that, I encourage you to play around with different nuts and dried fruits. I love cashews, but you could also use peanuts, almonds, pecans, etc.; the same goes for dried fruit, as well. I think that the dried cranberries provide a nice tangy balance to the sweet dates, but you could also use dried blueberries, cherries, mango… whatever you’d like!
While I’m no longer nauseous throughout the day, meals and snacks are hard to come by some days, so having something healthy that I can easily grab and eat with one hand is crucial. These are the perfect solution and I plan to keep a stash in the refrigerator for emergency snacking!
In a food processor, puree together the dates, cashews, flaxseed and vanilla extract for 1 minute.
Add the water and dried cranberries and process until the mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute.
Scoop heaping tablespoons, roll into balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer until set, then transfer to a resealable bag and store in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 1 month.