Coconut Energy Bites – Snack For Pitta
Shweta ShahNutritionist & Cofounder of Eatfit247
2 min read
Walnuts: ½ cup
Whole almonds: ½ cup
Almond butter: ½ cup
Pitted dates: 4
Maple syrup: ¼ cup
Vanilla extract: ½ tsp
Salt: ¼ tsp
Shredded unsweetened coconut: 2 cups
Raw carob powder (optional): ¼ cup
Step 1 :
Place the walnuts in a food processor and process until coarsely ground. Add the dates, and pulse until well-combined with the nuts.
Step 2 :
Add the raw carob powder (if UR using it), maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla, and salt. Process until the mixture is thick and smooth.
Step 3 :
Add the almonds, and pulse a few times until well-combined; you want them to remain in crunchy chunks. Mold the mixture into golf-size balls and roll them in the shredded coconut. Keep the coconut energy bites in the fridge until they become firm. You can store them in an airtight container for longer shelf life.
The combination of coconut and dry fruits is not new. They are rooted in Indian cuisine and are used as a staple in many states as they contain fibre, healthy fats, plenty of minerals and vitamins. But fruits have its own set of healthy nutrition that they bring to the table. Here are a few health benefits you can acquire when you eat this snack.
Coconuts are especially rich in manganese which is an essential mineral for bone health and the protein, carbohydrates and cholesterol metabolism in our body.
Aids with anaemia
Coconuts are rich in iron and copper minerals that generate healthy red blood cells in the body which help in reducing the risk of developing anaemia.
Walnuts are high in calories, but promote satiety. Even after feeling satiated, we sometimes tend to give into cravings as soon as we sight crispy French fries or an irresistible cheesecake. Walnuts improve brain function to help us curb cravings such as these.
Vitamin E in walnuts and almonds play a significant role in manufacturing prostaglandins, hormone-like compounds that control several processes in the body like blood flow, inflammation and blood clots.
Apart from reducing LDL cholesterol, almonds help reduce oxidation of this cholesterol. Studies suggest that oxidation of LDL cholesterol is the starting point of many heart diseases. This effect is enhanced when combined with antioxidant vitamin E.