When I started the Whole 30 this month, I decided to take a different approach to snacking. In the past, when trying to eat healthy, I always thought that if I had carrot sticks ready and cucumbers cut, etc...I'd eat those for a snack. I thought I only snacked on bad stuff because it was faster and more available.
The reality is that when I'm hungry I don't want that good stuff. I want something a little heartier. So I decided this time to change my approach. I picked at least one snack that was a little more substantial. I chose to try one of those energy bites/Paleo balls/lots of other names for it snacks. Then I couldn't find one that I really wanted to make that also fit the Whole 30 criteria. No problem, I thought, I'll just make my own recipe. All the recipes really do have a lot in common so I had a good idea of where to start.
I must say, they came out even better than I thought they would. These are sweet but not overpowering, with just an edge of saltiness and touch of crunch to balance the softness. And they taste like fall.
Spiced Paleo Pistachio Bites
1/2C pistachio meats
3/4 C almonds (I've made them with both raw and roasted, both fine)
1 C dates, pitted and rough chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon raw honey
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Blitz it all together in a food processor until it's all in small bits and starts to clump when pressed together.
Roll into balls about 1" in diameter.
Store in fridge for about a week in an airtight container.
Make 9 bites
My kids are in love with these too. I've made 3 batches over the last 5 days.