Chocolate Chip & Cranberry Be Well Bites

One of the best snacks to have on hand for easy, healthy snacking for a bustling lifestyle.

Serves:

12-16

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Between owning more than one business, health coaching, and teaching Pilates full time there's not a lot of time to breathe, use the bathroom, set up for my next clients, grab a beverage, or even eat. The best thing about these tasty little things is that they are just like Pilates - totally customizable! Allergic to nuts? Sub in seed butter. Have bad knees? Pilates has modifications, props, and variations for that. Not into chocolate (seriously Karen?)? Omit it and add some raisins. Lots of tension in your neck? Leave your head, neck, and shoulders down.

Be Well Bites are super easy to make with ingredients that I almost always have on hand. Just blend and roll them into balls. If you need to save time, you can press the mixture onto a parchment-covered baking sheet, and cut them up into bars. They are the perfect make-ahead recipe to keep on hand for healthy snacking anywhere and anytime.

Ingredients

2 cups gluten-free rolled oats

12 large Medjool (pitted) dates (Soak in boiling water for 5-10 minutes so they soften so you don’t overheat or break your blender…. speaking from experience.)

1/2 cup of peanut butter

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup of (dairy-free) mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup of dried cranberries

Directions

  1. Add 1 1/2 cups oats, dates, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a food processor or Vitamix. Mix until a sticky dough is formed.

  2. Dump and scrape the dough into a large bowl. Pour mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and 1/2 cup of rolled oats over the dough and mix everything together.

  3. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop the dough into 12-14 small rounds and then using clean hands roll into balls.

  4. Place finished deliciousness onto a plate or cookie sheet and put into the fridge until firm and not so sticky.