Vanilla Chai Cinnamon Energy Bites. V. GF.

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A new bite recipe was been rattling around in my mind for about two weeks. One of those things that I think about but then life gets in the way.  Bound & determined today, while I had a break in the weekend activities, I grabbed my ingredients and food processor and made these delicious, nutrient-dense treat.  I love grab-n-go, healthy snacking.  And these are date-free.

So hemp protein, do you know all the benefits?  Crazy but hemp is an excellent source of plant-based protein (33% per serving).  It also contains 35% of essential fatty acids including Omega’s 3, 6 and 9.  Contains all 9 essential amino acids.  Has more Omega-3 than raw tuna! Rich in trace minerals and high in fiber.  Many people use hemp protein in smoothies but I wanted to put a fun twist on it.  Plus I covered some of the energy bites with hemp seeds for extra nutritional punch.

I cannot stress this enough… food is your fuel.  It helps you heal.  Recover.  Food is power.

Ingredients:

1.5 cups of gluten free rolled oats (I used Bob’s Redmill)
4 tablespoons of Manitoba Vanilla Chai Protein powder
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1 tablespoons of black or white chia seeds
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
1/2 cup of almond or peanut butter
4 tablespoons of cashew or almond milk (unsweetened Silk cashew was used)
Optional:  Manitoba hemp seeds for coating the bites

Directions:

Place all of the ingredients through nut butter into your food processor and pulse several times until incorporated. Then stop, scrape the sides down and add your nut milk.  Pulse several more times and scrape the sides down until blended.
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Scoop out with a small scoop, and roll into balls.  Set on a tray.  If you wish to roll the bites in hemp seeds – do this now.  Then place in a container and cover.  Store in the refrigerator for optimum freshness.
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— Knead to Cook

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