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Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites

These Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites are loaded with the good stuff. They’re super healthy, gluten-free, vegan, and naturally sweetened.

Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites | Gluten-Free, Vegan & Naturally Sweetened

Confession: I’m 33 years old and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up–gasp! Having a successful and satisfying career has been, and still remains, my number one goal in life. I have stressed over this one goal for as long as I can remember.

Maybe it’s because I’m a woman, or maybe it’s because I have a mild case of obsessive compulsive disorder, but I have this deep, almost innate, need to be able to support myself. Yes, I’m married. I’m lucky enough to have a partner in crime that contributes to the long list of money grubbers that we “willingly” pay each month to live this life of mild luxury. I truly am blessed, despite my sarcasm.

Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites | Gluten-Free, Vegan & Naturally Sweetened

But nothing is guaranteed in this life we walk through day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. What if…

something happens to him?

we don’t make it for the long haul?

he’s abducted by aliens?

What if? What if? What if?

Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites | Gluten-Free, Vegan & Naturally Sweetened

It’s that short, yet profound, question I ask myself and obsess over every. single. day. It’s the root cause of a majority of my stress–let’s say 80-ish percent. That’s a fairly large percent.

And that’s just the cake. The icing is the fact that I’m also trying to prove myself to myself. I have high expectations, maybe a little too high. There’s this invisible bar that’s constantly looming above my head. My fingertips brush up against its cool, smooth surface, but I’ve never actually been able to fully grasp it and complete a set of chin-ups, which, unless you’re the hulk or a power lifter, is nearly impossible.

Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites | Gluten-Free, Vegan & Naturally Sweetened

I currently have two degrees, an Associate’s Degree in Biology and a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in writing. I originally intended to advance my biology degree with the goal of becoming a nurse but decided it wasn’t for me after working closely with a group of doctors for 11 years.

And yet I’m thinking about going back, for yet another degree, in Dietetics. Am I crazy? Please tell me I’m crazy, because it might be the exact motivation I need to reel it in on the idea of going back to school and the stress that comes with it. Not to mention the huge bill that never seems to go away despite the large monthly payments.

Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites | Gluten-Free, Vegan & Naturally Sweetened

Let’s take a breather from big life decisions and talk about these Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites I made you. They’re a super healthy snack that also happens to be gluten-free, vegan, and naturally sweetened. <---The whole package, folks! In one delicious little bite. I've been trying to stick with a gluten and dairy-free diet these days since that seems to work best with the digestive issues I'm experiencing. I miss ice cream, and sometimes I do eat it--because I can't help myself--but I pay the price for it the next day. So, for the majority, I stick with what works. Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites | Gluten-Free, Vegan & Naturally Sweetened

The ingredients that go into these Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites work together at keeping you healthy and satisfied in between meals. They’re loaded with protein, vitamin c, omega-3’s, and fiber.

Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites

Yield: 12-14 bites

Total Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup toasted pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture forms a loose dough ball.
  2. Roll into 1-inch balls. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Best enjoyed at room temperature (I let them sit out for a few minutes before enjoying). The bites will stay fresh for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
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One Response to “Toasted Pecan Cranberry Energy Bites”

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    Christina — October 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Don’t feel bad, I’m 40 and I STILL don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Evey thing else in my life is grand, but I haven’t been able to pinpoint the one career to make me truly happy and content.

    Before going back for another degree and a boatload of loan debt, have you thought about taking different community college courses? Rather than get a degree in one subject, a friend of mine took a bunch of CC courses. All of them catered to his actual interests instead of “filler classes” you often have to take to achieve a degree. Taking nothing but courses he was interested in helped him narrow down his career path. I gotta say, I wish I would have taken this route.

    In the meantime, your energy bites look absolutely delicious!

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