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Aloha Energy Bites
I was feeling melancholic about leaving Hawaii and found this sweet but protein packed recipe on getcreativejuice.com. After trying them and letting the flavors meld in my mouth, I can truly say that the Aloha Spirit certainly came through. The only small change I made to the original recipe is that I added a little more water to make things stick, which is reflected on the ingredients below.
Prep Time: 00:30
Cook Time: 00:00
1 cup toasted coconut (divided)
3/4 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1/2 cup dried pineapple
3 tbsp water
1 serving vanilla protein powder
2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp honey (or agave)
1Combine 3/4 cup of coconut and macadamia nuts into a medium bowl.
2Combine the dried pineapple and water into a small microwave safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds. Remove and
3allow to cool enough to handle.
4Add the reconstituted pineapple to a food processor and pulse into a paste.
5Add the pineapple paste to the coconut and macadamia nuts along with the protein powder, vanilla and honey.
6Mix to combine. The consistency should be sticky and form a ball.
7Roll 1 inch balls of this mixture and then coat with the remaining 1/4 cup of coconut. Place in the refrigerator to set
8for a few minutes. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Makes approximately 12-15 bites.
The original recipe calls for 2 Tablespoons of water. You might want to use start with that amount first and add a bit more if it is needed. I added a whole Tablespoon more because it takes 2 scoops of my protein powder to make one serving. Others might use less.
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