Mocha Energy Bites

makes about 36 bites

  • 1  1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • ⅓ cup  chopped bittersweet chocolate

In a food processor, process cashews and oats for 30 seconds, or until chopped. Add dates, maple syrup, espresso powder, and salt; process 30 seconds or until mixture resembles cookie dough. Add walnuts and chocolate, process 20 seconds or until combined.

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment or plastic wrap, extending over two sides of pan. Place oat mixture in pan; top with another piece of parchment or plastic wrap and press evenly into pan. Cover with plastic and freeze for 4 hours. Using parchment, lift out of pan. Cut into 2-inch bars. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge, up to 5 days and freezer up to 2 months.