Beet Chocolate Latte Energy and Protein Bites are the perfect pre-workout snack, quick and easy breakfast fuel, or delicious afternoon nibble. Packed with superfood goodness, these energy bites are a fantastic fusion of Saku Tea Ruby Cocoa Beetroot Latte blend, maca root powder, dates, almond butter, and coconut equaling a naturally sweet and earthy flavor. Yum!
This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and sugar-free (no added sugars) offering a good balance of natural carbs, healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Plus - there is no baking involved!
Energy bites (or energy balls) seem to be popping up all over the internet and local juice/smoothie bars, and we totally understand the craze as we are in love with Beet Chocolate Latte Bites. These flavorful bites contain incredible superfoods for boosting energy, offering antioxidants, providing vitamins and minerals, and reducing inflammation.
Maca Root, a Peruvian superfood naturally energizes, enhances moods, and helps balance hormones. Other energy bite ingredients include dates, almond butter, raw cacao, and a SAKU Beet Chocolate Latte Blend. Dates provide excellent minerals, fiber, and natural sugars, making a delicious no-added sugar sweetener. Balance the natural sugars and carbs with almond butter and protein-powder for healthy fats and protein. This recipe also uses coconut flour (a dense gluten-free flour) and flax meal, which provides a healthy dose of Omega-3’s. If flax meal isn’t part of your diet, eliminate flax meal and add gluten-free oats or some extra coconut flour.
For the delicious BEET CHOCOLATE LATTE taste, use Saku Ruby Cocoa Beetroot Latte Blend. We are hooked on Saku’s organic wellness superfoods, especially the beet latte blends! These delicious organic blends are packed with nutrients and flavors and contain no added sugars. Ruby Cocoa (used for this recipe) includes: beetroot, raw cocoa, cocoa, roasted dandelion root, cardamon, and cinnamon. This blend is a natural energizer and tastes like earthy chocolate. Yum!
Energy bites are easy to make but can be a tad finicky with texture. Be patient! If your energy bites are too moist or sticky, add more coconut flour, flax meal, or gluten-free oats (This recipe doesn’t use oats, but you can add them for extra fiber and flavor).
The great thing about latte bites is that they are caffeine-free, so they are safe for children. However, if making Beet Chocolate Latte Energy Bites for kiddos, remove maca as it may not be suitable for some children.
Top (or roll) your energy bites with coconut shreds, crushed almonds, gluten-free oats, raw cacao nibs, or crystallized ginger. If you are a fan of raw cacao (it can be bitter to some), sprinkle raw cacao on top of the bites or roll your balls in raw cacao powder.
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Beet Chocolate Latte Energy and Protein Bites Recipe
(No Bake / Vegan / Gluten-Free)
INGREDIENTS (serving: about 18-20 balls)
10 medjool dates
1/4 cup almond butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp SAKU Beet Cocoa Latte*
2 tbsp raw cacao
1 tbsp maca
2 scoops vegan protein-powder (Vega or Plantfusion)
1/2 cup flax meal (gluten-free)
1/4 cup coconut flour
OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: coconut shreds, dark cacao chips or nibs, gluten-free oats, ground almonds
*We used 2 tsp for a balanced flavor or ingredients, but you can add 1 more tsp for extra beetroot latte taste!
Remove pits from dates and soak in water for at least 30 minutes to soften. Once softened, drain dates and add to food processor.
Add remaining ingredients to food processor and blend. Don’t over blend as the texture will be too sticky and thin. For a chunkier texture, process only dates and almond butter and then add to a bowl and mix with remaining dry ingredients.
Texture should be chunky and sticky. If too sticky, add a little more coconut flour or flax meal.
With a teaspoon or your fingers, scoop the mixture and roll into small balls. If too sticky, coat hands with coconut flour. Roll the mixture into small balls. Roll each individual ball into coconut shreds.
Place balls on parchment paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator until serving. These are best refrigerated for an hour or two before serving. Energy bites will keep in the fridge for at least a week, or you may freeze them in a freezer-friendly container for a few months. Enjoy!