Looking for a healthy snack? These mint chocolate hemp seed energy bites are fudgy and surprisingly nutritious. Read on for the recipe.
I haven’t been this in love with a recipe since I made my healthy flax seed and peanut butter energy bars.
Seriously, they have everything you could want in an energy bite:
I took one bite off my rubber spatula and knew I was in trouble – these mint chocolate hemp energy bites are seriously addicting. And that’s coming from someone who also had a whole container of chocolate chip cookies tempting her all day.
Unlike flax and chia seeds, hemp seeds aren’t as popular, yet they’re just as nutritious. For a full breakdown and comparison of these “super seeds” be sure to check out my previous post.
Hemp seeds are a good source of plant protein with 55 calories per tablespoon. And that same tablespoon also provides:
Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays an important role in several processes, including bone health, muscle and nerve function, blood sugar control, and blood pressure regulation.
Hemp seeds also contain an amino acid called arginine, which is responsible for producing nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is important for relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure.
Hemp seeds also contain the ideal 3:1 ratio of omega-6’s to omega-3’s, which is important for keeping chronic inflammation levels low and reducing our risk of several diseases.
Hemp seeds are also sold as hemp hearts. So what’s the difference?
Hemp seeds have an inedible black outer coating with a soft white interior. Hemp hearts are simply hemp seeds that have had the black outer shell removed.
Essentially no. Hemp seeds contain <0.3% THC. This means that eating hemp seeds will not result in any psychoactive effects or cause THC to show up in a drug test.
To make these mint chocolate hemp energy bites, you’ll need a food processor, baking dish or tupperware container, and a handful of ingredients.
If you don’t care about the mint flavor, then feel free to leave the peppermint extract out.
The key to getting that fudgy texture is using a good-quality food processor.
And unlike some of my previous energy bite recipes, for this one, you’ll want to pulse the dates by themselves first and then add in everything else. I’ve found that it actually does make a difference texture-wise.
Also, if your dates are on the drier side, I recommend soaking them in hot water for 10 minutes to help them blend easier.
Once your hemp seed energy bite batter is made, you can simply roll them into balls and let set in the freezer.
However, to make them a little prettier, you can also roll the balls in shredded coconut or cocoa powder before freezing.
While I haven’t tried it, rolling them in chopped nuts would also be a decorative way to add an extra crunch!
I think these bites taste best from the fridge.
But, for longer storage, you can keep your hemp seed energy bites in the freezer and transfer one or two at a time to the fridge.
Whichever way you decide to go, just be sure that they’re stored in an airtight container!
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