Mango, Walnut & Cranberry Energy Bites with Quinoa & Almond Butter

Mango, Walnut & Cranberry Energy Bites with Quinoa & Almond Butter

Mango, Walnut & Cranberry Energy Bites with Quinoa and Almond Butter IMG_5366_E_smYou may have had another version of these energy bites featuring different ingredients, but we thought we’d amp them up a bit using quinoa, for more protein, and our organic dried Kent mango for another layer of flavor. You’ll love how the quinoa adds a crunch, and how the tartness of the cranberries holds its own against the rest of the ingredients. Makes about 24 balls.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup unsalted creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts, well-chopped
  • 1/2 cup small diced Sigona’s organic dried Kent mango, about 2.25 oz. (use scissors to cut the strips into small bits)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped, such as Sigona’s apple-juice sweetened cranberries
  • 1/3 cup flaked coconut, preferably unsweetened
  • 6 Tbsp honey, such as Orange or Wild Mountain from Honey Hole Honey Co. (found at Sigona’s)
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • About 1 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (about 2 ½ Tbsp)
  • A pinch of salt, optional

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Spread oats and quinoa on a baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.

Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl; chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

After the mixture has chilled, roll it into (very) compact balls between the size of a walnut and a Ping-Pong ball. Keep refrigerated in an air-tight container; they’ll store for up to 5 days.

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