Refuel your day with these lemon blueberry energy bites! Bright lemon is perfect for a summer afternoon! Fuel your day naturally with fresh dates and sunflower seeds, these energy bites are more than just a great source of energy, they are also packed with protein and sweetened with natural sugar from the dates.
Have you combined dates and nuts or seeds yet? It’s seriously a combination straight out of foodie heaven if you ask me. If you haven’t tried this combination yet, you are missing out. Dates have become quite the popular ingredient, they are naturally sweet and lets be honest, they taste like candy. They are also a great binder in recipes like this and add the structure needed to keep these energy bites together.
The real star of this recipe though is the lemon. I am going to be honest here, every time before this recipe that I tried to add lemon to a dish, it got lost in the background. The key though is that these don’t have to go into the oven. Since these are a no bake recipe, the lemon flavor doesn’t deteriorate and paired with the sweet dates and vanilla protein powder, the lemon flavor in these energy bites is just like my favorite lemon poppyseed cake from Starbucks. I may have done a little dance when I was taste testing this recipe.
We found out that Dave has nut and peanut allergies, which have been causing him to have quite a bit of stomach pain and discomfort. I used sunflower seeds in this recipe so that he could enjoy these without any stomach pain. However, if you don’t have any problems with nuts, these would also be great with almonds or cashews. I actually love using sunflower seeds though because they are inexpensive and I love the flavor they add to the end product.
Sunflower seeds are a great source of antioxidents. Packed with Vitamin E and selinium, these antioxident rich seeds will help fight off free radicals in the body. They are also full of unsaturated fats that help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise good cholesterol (HDL)! Sunflower seeds are also a great source of plant based protein and folate. Folate is a B vitamin that helps the body produce new red blood cells.
This recipe comes together in about 4 minutes with the use of a food processor. Just blitz together the dates and sunflower seeds, add the protein powder, coconut flour and lemon rind and lemon juice. I have a small food processor that works perfectly for this recipe, and I’ve had it for years and it’s one of favorite gifts from my mom.All natural lemon blueberry energy bites #vegan #glutenfree @pancakewarrior_ Click To Tweet
- 4 dates
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- Zest of one lemon
- 1 packet sunwarrior vanilla protein
- Lemon juice from one lemon (large)
- 1 tbs coconut flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup freeze dried blueberries plus a few extra for rolling
- In food processor process dates. Then add sunflower seeds and process until smooth. Add lemon zest and process again.
- Add protein powder and lemon juice. Pulse to combine
- Add coconut flour and vanilla extract. Process until smooth.
- Add blueberries and pulse Add to a bowl.
- Add in 1 tbs sunflower seeds and 1 tbs slightly crushed blueberries mix and form balls Makes 9-10 balls
What about you?
- What is your favorite combination of flavors?
- Have you made date based energy bites?