Cherry and Hemp Snack Bites

Cherry and Hemp Snack Bites (shutterstock_238924291)These chocolate-heavy energy bites feature tart cherries and hemp hearts and are completely vegan, nut-free and gluten-free. These little balls are perfect to grab when you need a quick refuel as you’re headed out the door for a long bout of errands or already out and on the go. Hemp hearts are a good source of fiber, which will keep you from getting hungry, and are high in protein and essential fatty acids. In addition to being a rich source of antioxidants like vitamin A, tart cherries have high levels of anthocyanins, which contribute to their red color and provide health benefits like soothing arthritis discomfort and easing muscle soreness.

These no-bake bites are quick and easy to make. All you need is a quality blender or food processor.

Ingredients:
¾ cup dried tart cherries
1 ½ cup hemp hearts
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup warm water
¼ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
10 dates, pitted and chopped
Pinch of salt

Directions:
Add coconut oil, dates, water, cocoa powder, salt and 1 cup of hemp hearts to the blender or food processor and blend until the mixture has a smooth consistency. Stir in the dried tart cherries. Place the dough into a bowl and set it in the freezer for about 20 minutes to partially harden. Use your hands or a small ice cream scoop to scoop out balls of dough. Drop the dough balls into a bowl of the remaining ½ cup of hemp hearts and cover the balls with the hearts thoroughly.

Store the balls in an airtight container and keep them in the freezer. They’ll need a couple minutes to thaw before they’re ready to eat. Consider packaging them into packs of one to two in separate plastic baggies or other airtight containers, so that you can grab just what you need and take them on the go.

 

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