This past week, I saw Plums were front and center in produce! I love these juicy fruits and that is what inspired these tasty treats. I know most "energy bites" are made with medjool dates but this is a fun twist using prunes (aka dried plums). Feel free to sub with medjool dates if you prefer. I found using prunes and dates together gives the best balance in flavors, not too sweet but just right.
Prunes (dried plums) are an amazing source of iron. For those of you who are not fans of eating red meat try eating more dried (unsweetened) prunes to maintain healthy iron levels. (Very important during a woman's menstrual cycle!) Unlike the name "prunes" these fruits actually help fight off aging! Hooray! Keeping your body feeling good and looking great through the years! They are lower in sugar compared to dates which help reduce "the spike" some diabetics have after eating dates. For comparison 1 cup of dates = 116g sugar vs 1 cup prunes = 66g sugar. I'm not saying dates are bad by any means, but it's always good to try and diversify our diets. Prues have much to offer they are densely packed with so many vitamins, fiber and act as an antioxidant powerhouse. This snack is a little boost of beauty in every bite! If you're nervous to try prunes, start with this recipe!
In your food processor start by blending the almonds in to fine pieces. Make sure to remove the pits from the dates before measuring your dried fruits. Then add the rest of your ingredients and blend until combined. The oil helps you roll them into balls without being so sticky. Sometimes water can be a solution to this problem as well.
Makes roughly 20 bite-size or you can make them larger! If you're a diabetic like me just plug in your ingredients into a website calculating your carbs (My Fitness Pal is a free site). You can also try using different nut butters as well. I like to use a maple-caramel almond butter from Georgia Grinders but any brand nut butter should work just fine!
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Another idea is to cover them in dark chocolate and use in your next "nice-cream" dessert. Use my single serve recipe here!