Energy Bites

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To boost to-go sales throughout the day,  use the right packaging to wrap up savory, protein-rich snacks and sweet treats that customers can purchase on the fly like these nutrient-rich Energy Bites. 

Yield: 36 bites

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons sliced almonds
Pan spray
1¾ cups quick oats
⅔ cup finely chopped dried apples and/or apricots
1/3 cup dried blueberries, cherries and/or cranberries
2 tablespoons roasted, salted sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons coconut flakes
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup peanut, soynut, almond or sunflower butter
¼ cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

 

Directions:

1. In small skillet, toast almonds over medium heat 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently.

2. Spray sheet tray with pan spray. Process ¼ cup oats and almonds in food processor 15 seconds or to fine crumbs; transfer to bowl.

3. In separate bowl, stir dried fruits, sunflower seeds, coconut, cinnamon and remaining 1½ cups oats; stir in peanut butter, honey and extract until well combined and mixture begins to stick together.

4. With gloves or moist hands, form mixture into 1-inch balls, then coat lightly with almond-oat crumbs. Place on prepared sheet tray; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight to allow oats to absorb moisture. Transfer to 6 (12-ounce) cups with lids; cover and refrigerate.