Northeast Ohio Bloggers share their favorite tried-and-true recipes. Here’s May’s pick from Melissa Koski Carney, Northeast Ohio Parent blogger of “I Crashed the Web ”, who shares her Chocolate Energy Bites (with no tree nuts!).
“My son is at a nut-free school, so we’re always looking for fun and easy tree-nut-free snack ideas,” Koski Carney says. “These are easy to make and a fun treat. To make them extra kid-friendly, feel free to roll in sprinkles or add mini M&Ms for a sweet treat.”
“NOTE: These contain coconut, a common allergen, so check with your friends before sharing.
Makes 20-24 balls.
Here’s what you need:
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup flaxseed
1/4 cup cocoa powder
12 ounces pitted Medjool dates (if dates are dry, you may need to soak in water for 15 minutes before making the recipe)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Here’s what you do:
Place oatmeal and coconut in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
Add flaxseed, cocoa powder, dates and sunflower seeds.
Pulse to combine until the mixture comes together into a very sticky dough.
Roll into small balls, and store at room temperature.
If they won’t be eaten in a few days, feel free to keep in freezer or fridge to last longer.
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