postpartum energy bites, date almond balls

Postpartum Almond Date Energy Bites

Postpartum support comes in many different forms and really needs a grassroots effort from the whole community.  It is a community event, and each friend and loved one who can throw in a tiny bit of support can go a long way in helping our communities thrive through supporting healthy mothers and families.  Quick gifts of nourishing postpartum foods (like these Almond Date Energy Bites) and teas, time caring for older kids, time helping wash the dishes or fold laundry, or companionship and a check-in phone call can go a long way in helping a new mother feel cared for in a time that she needs it most.  

One way you can share postpartum love with a new mama is by giving a gift of nourishing, easy to eat postpartum foods and snacks.  Below is a quick energy bites recipe that you can put together in minimal time to gift or to prepare for your own upcoming postpartum time.  These specific energy bites (aka energy balls) feature almonds, dates and black sesame seeds for a distinct (and delicious flavor) and can be made with any nut/seed you prefer.  I usually add a slightly higher ratio of nuts to dates, but adjust to your preference.  Additionally, I have used lightly salted, roasted almonds (from Trader Joe’s!) and these salted nuts add a nice balance to the sweetness of the dates. 

(Remember to check with your loved one for any food sensitivities).

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Nuts (Almonds, Cashews or your Favorite Nut)
  • 1 Cup Medjool Dates (pitted)
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Sesame Seeds– (this adds a flavor that I love and ups the nutritional content!)
  • Optional
    • Ground Flax Meal, Chia Seeds, Coconut Flakes
    • Cinnamon, Ginger Powder, Black Sesame Seeds, Cacao Powder

Directions

  1. Using a food processor, process your nuts into a semi-coarse consistency.  I use either raw or roasted nuts, and don’t mind using lightly salted nuts if that’s what I have on hand (balances out the sweetness of the dates). 
  2. Add optional ingredients of your choice to boost nutritional profile (flax meal, cacao, coconut flakes) and process into an even consistency.
  3. Add medjool dates, pinch of sea salt and black sesame seeds.  Process into a paste (should not be too sticky- you can add more dates or nuts to get to a consistency that you prefer).
  4. Roll into small bites/balls and top with cacao or coconut (if desired).
  5. Store in freezer or fridge.

These are perfect as quick, nourishing one-handed bites for every new parent whose hands are full with their new baby.  Package them in a mason jar for a perfect new mama gift!

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