Apricot Cashew Protein Bites {vegan} {gluten free}

Hi friends, happy Friday! I hope you had a good week.

Before I started my blog, I was an avid blog reader. I learned all about protein pancakes, overnight oats, pumpkin, HIIT workouts, meatless Monday…. and snacky bites.

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I’m so glad I discovered this foodie trend because I now love making my own snacks! It is truly so easy to do — and much cheaper than shelling out $3 per health bar. But sometimes dried fruit and nuts don’t always silent my grumbling tummy which is one of the reasons why I love using plant-based protein powders. Protein helps to fill me up and fuel my body.

After much protein powder taste testing, North Coast Naturals has blown me away with their products. Their hemp protein and brown rice protein are my two protein powders of choice. I’ve already made three pancake creations using them — green monstah pancakes

, brownie batter pancakes
and powerful protein pancakes
 Yes we know I love my pancakes.

I snuck in two tablespoons of brown rice powder to these little bites for an extra nutritional boost.

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All you need is four ingredients, a bowl and food processor to whip up this snack. Do you want some more awesome news? North Coast Naturals is hosting a giveaway right now featuring my favorite products: brown rice powder, hemp powder and hemp seeds. Head on over to their their Facebook page to enter.

Happy snacking and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Apricot Cashew Protein Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup unsalted cashews
  • 2 tbsp. brown rice protein powder — I use North Coast Naturals

Instructions

1. In a food processor, pulse cashews for about 20 seconds until crumbly.

2. Remove cashews from food processor and set aside.

3. Add apricots and dates to the food processor and process until combined — if a “ball” begins to form, stop processing and break it up.

4. Once the apricots and dates are combined, add the cashews and brown rice powder to the processor.

5. Process until combined.

6. Remove mixture and roll into 18 tablespoon size balls — or you can make them slightly bigger if you’d like.

7. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.

Nutrition notes: If making 18 bites, they clock in at roughly 65 calories per bite. 

Disclaimer: While North Coast Naturals provides me with their products free of charge, all opinions (as always) are my own.  

Questions of the day… 

What are you up to this weekend? 

28 thoughts on “Apricot Cashew Protein Bites {vegan} {gluten free}

  1. Since I’m bandage free (!!) and can actually move around again, I am going to try to make it to the city this weekend to see my friend’s Christmas concert, eat some Spanish tapas at a new restaurant that JUST opened in the US (it was our favorite in Spain), and check out the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center!

  2. I don’t think I can recall ever eating apricots, which is weird! But these sound so yummy, I will definitely have to try this recipe out. Cashews are a great nut. Sometimes I don’t think we give them enough cred.

  3. I love the addition of the protein powder! Date and nut snack bites/bars rarely ever keep me satisfied, but I love it when there’s a little protein in there too! I’ve actually been meaning to experiment with a few flavors in my kitchen, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet!

    Tomorrow is my birthday so I have plans to go over to my parents where my mom is cooking up a homemade brunch…eggs, biscuits, and bacon! Other than that, I’m just hoping to relax and soak up the fact that I don’t have to go back to work until Monday! :D

  4. Screw masculinity- I’m going to make these infamous bites- especially seeing as I can make them taste like a larabar but triple the size ;) Although I’m not a huge fan of dates, I’ll just add extra nuts and maybe apricots!

  5. Yum, apricots and cashews are two of my favourite snack foods; these would be a great pre- or post-workout snack! This weekend I’m working, studying, decorating my Christmas tree and re-organizing my bedroom. :)

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