Congratulations to the winner of my Butter London Giveaway, Margaret! I cannot wait for you to get your Butter Box 🙂

I am off to one of my sister’s bazillion bridal showers this morning and after that I’m flying straight to San Francisco for 24 hours, and then leaving for Florida for a conference on Tuesday morning! The next month leading up to my sister’s wedding (July 19th) is going to be a serious whirlwind.

I picked up the new EMRF neon summer tanks, but I won’t be able to list them in my store until I get back from all of my crazy travels next week. Most of you already know, that this blog and store is run by me, myself, and I, so I didn’t want to post the new shirts and be unable to ship them for a week. I hope you guys understand! New shirts will be available soon though!

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Today’s recipe is for Crunchy Chia Energy Bites! I took double back-to-back classes at Full Psycle the other day and wanted to share my secret pre and in-between workout snack. When you do a really intense cardio session like cycling/spinning, you don’t want to eat something heavy before because you will feel absolutely terribly during class, and you don’t want to go starving because you will be terribly weak. It can be really hard to find a snack suitable for you and your chosen workout, but this is what I love!

These energy bites are filled with natural sugars and carbohydrates from Medjool dates, a little dose of protein and healthy fats from cashews, and omega 3 fatty acid from chia seeds. They’re light enough that you can have one or two a half hour before class and one in-between grueling workouts! They also make a great afternoon snack for adults and kiddos!

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Crunchy Chia Energy Bites
Makes about 8

1/2 cup cashews
1 cup medjool dates, pitted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2+ Tbsps chia seeds

In a food processor, pulse the cashews and salt until they are broken into tiny pieces (do not pulse for too long, as it will turn into powder). Pit the dates and add them along with vanilla extract to the food processor. Blend the dates and cashews together until dough is formed. The mixture should stick together and be pliable. Remove the mixture and form into 1 Tablespoon sized balls. Roll each ball in a bowl of chia seeds. Store in refrigerator for snacking!

12 Comments on Crunchy Chia Energy Bites

  1. Ka'ili
    June 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm (5 years ago)

    Yay! I’m so excited to try one of your recipes! and wow you are a busy bee, but all of it sounds like it will be super fun 🙂 I look forward to purchasing a couple of your pretty summer tanks whenever they become available! Thank you for being such a great inspiration for all things healthy! have fun this weekend and at your conference Catherine!

    And congrats to Margaret the Butter London Winner!!

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  2. Kim Dalve
    June 23, 2014 at 5:22 am (5 years ago)

    Perfect! I happen to already have all of the ingredients on hand-definitely making these!

    Kim | evladylrebmik.blogspot.com

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  3. Cailee
    June 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh yum! These look healthy and delicious!! What a lovely recipe!! YUM 🙂 And that’s so exciting for your sis! Tell her congrats 🙂

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  4. Hydie Johnson
    June 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm (5 years ago)

    Thank you,so much they are my new faverites!

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  5. Jennifer
    June 26, 2014 at 6:46 am (5 years ago)

    Just made these.. Delish. What do you think the calorie content is per ball?

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  6. Liz
    June 26, 2014 at 11:48 am (5 years ago)

    Made these yesterday and snacked on them today! The dough was beautiful. They were a little too sweet for me, but they were definitely the perfect snack to curb my appetite between breakfast and lunch.

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  7. athletic avocado
    June 26, 2014 at 7:06 pm (5 years ago)

    These look so good and so simple! yum! Chia seeds sounds good on the outside for a crunch!

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  8. Caroline
    July 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm (5 years ago)

    If I don’t have medjool dates, can they be replaced with prunes? Thanks!

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    • Catherine
      July 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Caroline! Prunes would be a great alternative!

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  9. Stacy
    July 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm (5 years ago)

    These are fantastic. Great for a bite before my 6am spin class and when I’m traveling. Thanks for the recipe.

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  10. Rachel
    July 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh wow. Just made these and they are amazing!!! Thanks!

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  11. Paisley
    October 24, 2014 at 5:12 am (5 years ago)

    Do you use raw or roasted cashews?

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