Beauty Bites

Plums, I love these juicy fruits and that is what inspired these tasty treats.

I know most "energy bites" are made with medjool dates but this is a fun twist using prunes (aka dried plums). But do feel free to sub with medjool dates if you prefer. I found using prunes and dates together gives the best balance in flavors, not too sweet but just right.

 

This snack is a little boost of beauty in every bite! If you're nervous to try prunes, start with this recipe!

Makes roughly 10-20 balls depending on how big you like them! If you're a diabetic like me just plug in your ingredients into a website calculating your carbs!


Ingredients:

  • 95 grams Prunes + 100 grams Medjool Dates (You can use only dates if you wish just make sure they measure out to around 200 grams)

  • 2 TBL Almond butter

  • 1/4 cup Raw Almonds

  • 2 tsp Coconut Butter (or water)

  • 2 TBL Cacao Powder


Directions:

In your food processor start by blending the almonds in to fine pieces. (Make sure to remove the pits from the dates before measuring the fruits) Then add the rest of your ingredients and blend until combined. The coconut butter helps you roll them into balls without being so sticky. Sometimes water or coconut oil can be a solution to this problem as well if you don't have any coconut butter on hand.


*Also You can try using different nuts, and nut butters! I like to use a maple-caramel almond butter from a brand called Georgia Grinders but any brand nut butter should work just fine!


Beauty Benefits

Prunes ( aka dried plums) are an amazing source of iron. For those of you who are not fans of eating red meat, try eating more dried (unsweetened) prunes to maintain healthy iron levels. (Very important during a woman's menstrual cycle!) Unlike the name "prunes" these fruits actually help fight off premature wrinkles! They are lower in sugar compared to dates which help reduce "the spike" some diabetics experience after eating dates. For comparison 1 cup of dates = 116g sugar vs 1 cup prunes = 66g sugar. Not to say dates are bad by any means, but it can be good to diversify our diets. Prues have much to offer they are densely packed with so many vitamins, fiber and act as an antioxidant powerhouse.


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