1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
½ cup (125 mL) apple juice
1 cup (250 mL) sunflower butter
1 1/3 cup (250 m) cocoa powder
¼ cup (60 mL) maple syrup
Coarsely chop pumpkin seeds. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, heat the sugar and water and cook until a light caramel forms. Pour in pumpkin seeds and stir vigorously until seeds are covered. Set aside pumpkin seed nougat.
In a medium saucepan, rehydrate the dried fruit pieces by heating them in the apple juice for approximately 10 minutes, until a paste forms.
Coarsely chop pumpkin seed nougat.
Put all ingredients plus 1 cup of the cocoa powder in a medium bowl and knead until dough is even. Set aside in freezer for about 10 minutes.
Pour the remaining cocoa powder onto a cookie sheet.
Roll mixture and shape into little balls. Place on cookie sheet. Roll balls in cocoa powder until they are evenly covered.
CHEF’S TIP:Shaping the balls is easier if you use single-use gloves. Or, you can put the mixture in the fridge or freezer if it becomes too sticky.
NUTRITIONIST’S TIP: Energy bites are an excellent snack and full of great nutrients! Use your imagination: use different fruits or seeds, add chia or hemp seeds, nuts or even a variety of spices or flavours! Delicious with a glass of soy milk!