Coconut-Cashew Breakfast Bites

Coconut-Cashew Breakfast Bites

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2018

Never skip breakfast again: keep these coconut and date breakfast bites in the fridge or freezer, and you'll always have a grab-and-go option for busy mornings.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 whole pitted Medjool dates
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • ⅓ cup cashew butter or peanut butter
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds or flaxmeal
  • 2 tablespoons roasted salted cashews
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dark chocolate (optional)
  • 1 (5.3 ounce) container nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Combine oats and coconut in a small shallow baking pan. Bake, stirring once, until the coconut is light brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, combine dates and boiling water in a small heatproof bowl. Let stand until softened, about 5 minutes. Drain.
  4. Transfer the dates to a food processor and process until chopped. Add the oat mixture, cashew (or peanut) butter, apricots, chia seeds (or flaxmeal), cashews, ginger, and salt. Pulse until the mixture clings together. Stir in chocolate, if using. Shape into 1½-inch balls to make 12 breakfast bites. (See Tips.) Serve with yogurt for dipping.
  • Tips: Refrigerate the bites in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 breakfast bites
  • Per serving: 261 calories; 13 g fat(4 g sat); 5 g fiber; 32 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 1 mg cholesterol; 14 g sugars; 129 mg sodium;
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ fat, 1½ starch, ½ high-fat protein, ½ other carbohydrate

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