Dreamy Nut and Seed Butter + Raw Chocolate Orange Energy Bites
In my eighteen years on earth I have only been to Costco three times, but what magical times they were. Weird fact about me: I love grocery shopping. When I go to a new place I love scoping out the local grocery store and browsing the isles. This activity is especially interesting when traveling abroad (I highly recommend that you give this activity a try). You would be surprised by all the cool stuff that you may find. Anyway, back to the point. For me Costco is like an elevated grocery shopping experience. First off, Costco is huge and secondly, it has so many interesting products. One of the products that I particularly like is the nut and seed butter. It’s creamy, delicious and also the only nut butter I’ve ever had that has chia seeds in it. This sounds weird, but it’s actually really good.
Since I don’t get down to Costco very ofter, I’ve made my own version of nut and seed butter. The other day I was going to make 100% almond butter, but found that I didn’t have that many almonds. In fact, I didn’t have very many of any nuts of seeds, at least not enough to make nut butter. So I decided to combine all the nuts and seeds together to make one. After whizzing up the nuts and seeds into creamy bliss, I remembered the addition of chia seeds in the Costco version, so I added some to my own.
This recipe can be made with really any kind of nuts and seeds, these are just the ones that I usually have on hand.
A few weeks ago I came across the idea of adding ingredients for energy bites to your food processor after making nut butter on Green Kitchen Stories instagram. I think this is a great way to use up extra nut butter that gets left behind in the food processor. I made my own spin on it by using raw cacao powder and fresh orange zest.
Dreamy Nut and Seed Butter
- 2-1/4 cups raw nuts of choice (I use almonds, cashews and walnuts)
- 1 cup raw seeds of choice (I use sunflower and pumpkin seeds)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional, but good)
Preheat the oven to 275ºF. Place all the nuts and seeds (except for the chia) on the baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until light golden and fragrant. Allow to cool.
Once the nuts and seeds have cooled, add them to the bowl of a food processor. Run the processor on high until the oils are released and a smooth paste forms. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.
Add the chia seeds and pulse quickly once or twice to get them all mixed in.
Transfer to a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to a month, if you can make it last that long!
Raw Chocolate Orange Energy Bites
- 5-6 tablespoons nut and seed butter
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 2 tablespoons protein powder of choice (I use pea protein powder)
- 2 teaspoons maca powder
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- zest of 1 small orange
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
Add all the ingredients to the same food processor used to make your nut and seed butter.
Pulse a few times, then blitz on high until everything is well combined and blended. The mixture will be quite crumbly, but should hold together when pinched. Additional nut butter can be added back into the food processor if needed.
Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with wax paper. Transfer the energy bite mix into the pan and press down until evenly spread. Refrigerate for about 2 hour or until firm.
Slice up your energy bites and enjoy! These can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.