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"Cranberry Ginger Energy Bites"
By Lindsay Livingston
March 15, 2017

"Cranberry Ginger Energy Bites"

The following post was sponsored by Quitter's Circle as part of a guest blogger series. All thoughts, opinions and stories expressed in this post are purely those of Lindsay Livingston.
This post also appears on
The Lean Green Bean.

These Cranberry Ginger Energy Bites are a healthy snack to power you through until lunch or dinner! Make them mini and enjoy a few when you need an energy boost!

Hey friends!

Time for another snack recipe. You may recall I'm teaming up with the folks behind Quitter's Circle this year to share some healthy recipes that could be helpful to those trying to quit smoking, and are delicious enough for everyone to enjoy!

A few weeks ago I shared a recipe for Spicy Ranch Popcorn, which is great for keeping your hands (and mouth!) busy when an urge to smoke strikes and is definitely on the savory side.

Today I'm sharing these Cranberry Ginger Energy Bites. They're a bit sweeter but not over-the-top dessert style sweet. I actually wanted to name them energy bits....because the whole point is to make them really small so you can enjoy a whole handful instead of just one big one that's gone in a bite or two...but I was worried people would just think I misspelled bites.

So I went with bites which, in the end, is what they are. Just very small bites.

Instead of using all dates like I typically do in energy balls, I did half dates, half cranberries...which makes them a little more tart and the fresh ginger adds a burst of flavor that I love!


Here's how you make them:

Ingredients:

1 cup almonds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
½ cup craisins
½ cup dates
1 - 2 tbsp fresh ginger
¼ cup 100% pure pumpkin puree

Directions:

1. Place the almonds and pumpkin seeds in a food processor and process until well chopped.

2. Add dates, cranberries, ginger and pumpkin and process until combined.

3. Roll into balls and store in the freezer.

They're super easy to make and stash in your freezer. Helpful for keeping your mouth busy when the urge to smoke strikes. Grab a handful and take a quick walk to help the urge pass. If you know someone trying to quit, these would make a great surprise treat for them! And even if you're not trying to quit smoking, these are a great, healthy snack to have on hand. Full of healthy fats and flavor!

If you're not worried about perfectly round balls, it's much easier to divide the mixture into 5-6 pieces, place each in plastic wrap and squeeze into a long snake shape. Freezer for 15 minutes or so and then cut into small pieces.

Looking for more healthy snack ideas while quitting? You can find more at Quitter's Circle, a website developed by Pfizer and the American Lung Association, with the goal of helping smokers successfully ditch smoking. Check out these 10 Healthy Quit Smoking Snacks.

Enjoy!

--Lindsay--

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