Fig and cranberry energy bites

20 portions
Prep time: 25 min.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cookie sheets
  • 2 sheets of parchment paper
  • Measuring cup kit
  • 2 medium saucepans
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 chef’s knife
  • 1 cutting board

 

Ingredients:

  • For the pumpkin seed nougat:
  • 1 cup (250 mL) pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) white granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) water

 

For the energy bites:

  • 5 cups (1250 mL) dried figs, small diced
  • 1¼ cup (310 mL) dried apricots, small diced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dried cherries, small diced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) raisins
  • 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

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • 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!

Thanks to La Tablée des chefs for these delicious recipes! www.tableedeschefs.org/en

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