Energy Bites, Makes 60 pieces

Dry Ingredients

1/2 cup (125 ml) dried fruit, (raisins, chopped unsulfured Turkish apricots, chopped Medjool dates, chopped Turkish figs, or combination)

⅓ cup (80 ml) chopped nuts, (walnuts, pecans, almonds, or combination)

2 cups (500 ml) Granola without dried fruit, (see recipe)

1 to 2 tablespoons ground sesame, sunflower, or pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup (125 ml) dry, non-fat milk powder*, or . cup dry coconut flakes

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Sticky Ingredients:

1/3 to 1/2 cup (80-125 ml) honey, brown rice syrup, barley malt, sorghum, or maple syrup

1/3 to 1/2 cup (80-125 ml) nut butter, almond, cashew, or tahini, or combination

1 tablespoon molasses

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

What to do; 

1. Process dried fruits in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add the nuts and process again until ground and well combined. Add the Granola and pulse until finely ground and evenly combined. The dried fruit will get more finely ground with each addition. If using coconut, process in a mini food processor to a course powder. Add the ground seeds, dry milk powder or ground coconut, and cinnamon. Pulse to combine.

2. Add the sticky ingredients starting with the smaller amounts of honey and nut butter. Process to combine. The mixture should stay together when pressed with your fingers. If it is too dry and crumbly, add a little more honey or nut butter and pulse to combine.

3. Turn out onto a sheet of waxed paper. Shape into a 6 x 10 inch (15 x 25 cm) rectangle about . inch (12 mm) thick. Cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) square pieces. They are ready to eat. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

*Note: As the dry milk powder is a processed food, it would not be recommended in the strictest of Ayurvedic diets. However, it represents only a small portion of the recipe and should not be a big concern. It will add some beneficial protein to the candy.

Recipe source: Shelley Gratzon, unpublished cookbook on vegetarian, ayurvedic cooking for children.


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