After chatting with friends, family, and clients, I recognized a very consistent theme among all of them…. the need for healthy, homemade snacks that rival readily available grocery store treats. The perfect “in between” snack can be hard to nail. It’s a little salty and sweet, easy to prep, and most importantly provides satiating power.
Unlike a typical protein bar, these decadent energy bites pack a healthy punch of fat and protein, dietary components which help keep hunger at bay. These chocolate infused morsels are packed with superfood ingredients (walnuts, almond butter, & cocoa) and have a balanced flavor profile from orange zest, sea salt, and high quality vanilla.
Walnuts are the star ingredient in this simple snack. In a nutshell, they are rich in omega three fatty acids, manganese, copper, biotin and vitamin E. Walnuts have been shown to reduce the risk for various cancers, improve brain function, and protect against cardiovascular disease. In addition, recent studies have shown that the consumption of walnuts increases three strains of bacteria in the gut. A diverse microbiota aids in the production of butyrate, a metabolic byproduct, which improves bile production and colon health.
Roasting walnuts allows the release of essential oils, and creates a warm, toasty flavor which pairs excellently with chocolate!