This season I have already probably bought my weight in apples. For some odd reason, they are tasting especially good this year. It doesn’t help at all that one of my best friends has worked in an apple orchard for years and is constantly coming over with new kinds of apples or smelling like the bakery. A couple of times, she has actually paid my family back in apple rollovers (which I have made the mistake of calling a turnover. Yeesh!)
It might be one of those concepts of if you have to work for your food it tastes better, but every time I have gone there to pick my own apples, they taste even better.
I also have, probably because of her, developed a skill that I can just look at an apple and know what kind of taste it is going to have. It doesn’t have to be a green or yellow apple and I don’t even have to know the name it. It’s just something about the coloring and look of the apple. Anybody else or is this just me?
One thing about apples that I can’t stand is the noise of it on a college campus. At home I am fine. Really anywhere else. But when I am sitting on campus working on my computer or reading and somebody bites into an apple. Chill. Every single time. Right down my spine.
I have no idea why this happens, but it is just one of those odd things that bug me.
That being said I think anyone can understand the annoyance that comes with someone chomping away on an apple on campus in a library. It is probably as bad, if not worse, than the dreaded bag of chips.
But I understand. With the way the apples have been tasting lately, I definitely want to get my fill before the season passes us by.
So I decided to find a way to combine all of the deliciousness of the apples that we have been having into a more silent form. That way I will be able to snack throughout the day without annoying the entire campus. And thus the Apple Pie Energy Bites were born!
Energy bites are a staple for college life and one of my favorite things to make. They are so easy and all you ever truly need is a food processor and some raw ingredients. Throw them all together and bam! A super easy snack on the go.
In addition to being portable, they are almost an anytime of the day snack. They are heavy enough to satisfy you but light enough that you won’t be curled up on the couch with a blanket over your head in pain.
One small issue that came up with making these was with the apples themselves. If you want to use fresh apples like I did, you need to get rid of some of the liquid after they are blended.
At first, I tried to find a way to ignore this or change the recipe to soak up the liquid, but it never came out quite right. However, if you don’t first succeed you must try and try again and you will eventually get this amazing Apple Pie Energy Bites recipe.
Also try playing around with the ratios. A easy ratio to start with is instead of doing a 1:1 ratio of almonds and walnuts is a 1:2 or even a 1:3. Simply make sure that you do not have more than two cups of nuts or your ‘dough’ will end up being incredibly thick and denser than it should be.
- 1-2 medium apples
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 8 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- Core and roughly cut up apples until they are able to fit into your food processor. Once finished, add in cinnamon and then allow the food processor to run until the apples become a liquidy consistency. Pour the processed apples into a fine wire strainer and press down with a paper towel until most of the excess liquid is removed.
- Dump the apple mixture back into the food processor and add in the remainder of the ingredients. Let the food processor run until the ingredients begin to break up and form a thick dough. Do not over process the nuts, you should be able to see small chunks in the dough. If you do, the nuts will become a nut butter and make the energy balls much sticker.
- Remove the dough and roll into 1-inch balls. Place into a container and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.
- The excess liquid can be saved and used in smoothies and other recipes to spice it up.