Coconut Cashew & Oatmeal Protein Bites

Cherry Chia Chip Bites

This recipe is inspired by my Coconut Oatmeal Energy Bites. I wanted to boost the nutrient level by adding additional ingredients like chia seeds and cashew butter. The recipe came out really well. I ended up using half  for bars and the other half for protein bites.

Why add cashews? Approximately 82% of the fat in cashews is unsaturated fatty acid, in addition about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content is monounsaturated fats, a heart healthy fat similar to the fats found in olive oil. Cashews are also one of the most nutrient-rich nuts with high levels of iron, zinc, and trace minerals.

So why did I add chia? Chia seeds are  a wonderful source of protein. Proteins are the building blocks of the body, hair, skin, nails, muscles, red blood cells, as well as essential and non essential amino acids and fiber, all of which are necessary for good circulation and a healthy heart.  Chia seeds also help to modulate blood sugar. When it comes to fiber in our diets we are all lacking, by simply adding one ounce  of chia to your diet, you are adding 11 grams of fiber.

Per gram chia seeds contain:

8x more Omega 3 than salmon

6x more calcium than milk

3x more iron than spinach

15x more magnesium than broccoli

2x more fiber than bran flakes

6x more protein than kidney beans

4x more phosphorous than whole milk

 

So enough chatter…..let’s get to the recipe.

Ingredients:

1 C. Medjool dates, pitted

1/2 C. Cashew Butter

2 T. Coconut oil, melted

3/4  C. Gluten free oats

1/2 C. Cherries, dried

1/4 C. Cacao nibs

1/4 C. Coconut , shredded

1/4 C. Chia seeds

 

Directions:

Place cashew butter, coconut oil and dates in food processor. Mix till  ingredients are combined and smooth.

Add in remaining ingredients.

Mix till combined and the dough sticks together when pressed in between fingers.

Scoop into balls and enjoy!

You can also press these into a parchment lined pan and cut into bars.

Cherry Chia Chip Bites Close Up

Here are some of the products I used to make this recipe:

                                               

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