Almond Apricot Cacao Bite

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Start your morning off right with our Almond Apricot Cacao Bites. All-natural, fresh, and completely vegan, these bites will have your taste buds singing for joy while satisfying your hunger cravings for hours on end. We love how the musky flavors of the dried apricots unexpectedly coalesce with the sweetness of cacao, cinnamon, and dried coconut! This combination not only tastes amazing, but thanks to the apricots, it’s full of nutrition, too. Apricots contain a number of potent antioxidants, and they are also a good source of vitamin A (from beta-carotene), vitamin C, and dietary fiber, which make them an ideal fruit to incorporate in your daily diet. Pair these little bite-sized morsels with our Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl for an easy, satisfying breakfast, or dip them into our Chocolate Hazelnut Spread for a decadent mid-day snack.

When picking out dried fruits, such as apricots, please be aware that some of these products may contain sulfur dioxide, as this compound is used as a preservative to prevent the fruit from spoiling. It also preserves the fruit’s appealing coloration and discourages the growth of bacteria. Although most people don’t experience any side effects when they eat dried fruits preserved with sulfur dioxide, about 1 percent of the population is sensitive to these chemicals and may experience potentially dangerous side effects. If you are among those who are sensitive to sulfites, you need to avoid foods that contain sulfites. In fact, both the European Union and the US Food and Drug Administration have regulated the use of sulfites, requiring foods containing more than 10 ppm (10 mg/kg) to be labelled to avoid any health problems (1). So go ahead and enjoy this simple, tasty recipe to start your day off the right way–with proper nutrition!

 

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Almond Apricot Cacao Bite
 
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Serves: 21 bites
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cacao
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond butter, unsweetened and unsalted
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, minced
  • 1½ teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons dried coconut flakes, unsweetened
Equipment:
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Small plate
  • 1 tablespoon measure
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, add the cacao, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Mix together, while simultaneously adding in the almond butter, rolled oats, apricots, and maple syrup, if desired.
  2. Place coconut flakes onto a small plate, so it is easy to roll the dough in.
  3. Measure out 1 tablespoon of batter, roll into a ball shape, and cover it in coconut flakes. Repeat the process until all batter is gone.
  4. Place the balls onto a baking sheet, and separate layers with parchment paper, if needed. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or until firm.
Notes
*Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for 3 months. Be sure to label and date the container.
*You can also use sunflower seed, cashew, and peanut butter.
*Instead of hemp seeds you could substitute chia seeds or hemp hearts.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bite Calories: 105 calories, Fat: 8 grams, Saturated fat: 1 gram, Carbohydrates: 8 grams, Sugar: 0.5 grams, Sodium: 30 milligrams, Fiber: 2 grams, Protein: 4 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

(1) Estimation of the distribution of the maximum theoretical intake for ten additives in France. Verger P, Chambolle M, Babayou P, Le Breton S, Volatier JL. Food Addit Contam. 1998 Oct; 15(7):759-66. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10211182.

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