I love little energy bites when I am on the go, in a hurry, or after an afternoon workout. The pace seems to always pick up when the school year starts doesn’t it? Summer has been relaxed and more laid back with the schedules, but now we are watching the clock more and checking our daily calenders. Am I the only one?
These little bites are a delicious, healthy snack that is portable. The brazil nuts add selenium which good quantities of vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals, and figs are full of nutrients and fiber, and just taste wonderful! The tart dried cranberries are lower in sugar than other dried fruits and give the bites a sweet tangy burst of flavor. (use dried cranberries sweetened with apple juice.)
You can make these in your oven or a food dehydrator. They are easy and a delicious, healthy addition to your snack rotation that might save you time and your sanity when you are on the run.
Brazilian Cranberry Fig Bites
12 Dried Figs (soaked in hot water 30 minutes)
1 Cup Raw Pecans
1 Cup Raw Brazil Nuts
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/4 Cup Clear Honey
1/4 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
1 Teaspoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Directions: Soak your figs submerged in very hot water for 30 minutes to soften. Add them to a food processor with the pecans, brazil nuts and coconut and pulse until they are a fine consistency. Add remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse again until it is combined and a sticky consistency that holds together. Scoop into tablespoon sized mounds. (I used a tablespoon cookie scoop, but you could also use a spoon) and roll into balls, then flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Place on your dehydrator trays or on a parchment lined cookie sheet if you are baking.
Dehydrate for 18 hours at 105º degrees or bake in your oven at 250º degrees for 45 minutes.
I like to individually package them in twos so we can grab them and go.
Enjoy these! They are so good and good for you!