Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites with Organic Freeze Dried Fruit

This cinnamon apple energy bites recipe with organic freeze dried fruit has been sponsored by Homegrown Organic Farms.  All opinions are my own.

I have lived in the south for about 20 years but still consider myself a New Englander at heart.  I choose walnuts over pecans and apples over peaches every time I can.  This time of year, apples are in season and I find myself eating them daily.  However, once we get into winter and spring, apples may be in the grocery store but they don’t taste all that great anymore.  I’d rather eat NO apple than eat one that is dry and mealy!  Instead of fresh apples, I choose dried apples and I just discovered freeze dried apples from Homegrown Organic Farms.  How awesome is it that you can keep this organic freeze dried fruit right in your pantry for up to 18 months and it has zero preservatives!

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites with Organic Freeze Dried Fruit

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Organic Freeze Dried Fruit

Homegrown Organic Farms is a family-owned and operated company that is passionate about organic, sustainable farming.  Their freeze-dried apples, blueberries, and grapes are USDA certified organic, Certified R.A.W., and Non-GMO Project Verified.  These are shelf stable freeze dried fruits that are grown right here in the USA and are preservative free.

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites with Organic Freeze Dried Fruit

I have snacked on freeze dried fruit right out of the bag before but there are lots of other great uses for them.  You can use them in salads, pack them in lunches, top off your yogurt or throw them in a backpack.  You can also BAKE with organic freeze dried fruit!  Get more information about Homegrown Organic Farms freeze dried fruit and keep these tips in mind when using them:

  • When using freeze dried fruits as a replacement for fresh fruit, increase the amount of liquid in the recipe by at least ¼ cup.
  • Do not expose freeze dried fruits directly to the surface of a pan. When making pancakes, pour the batter in first, then sprinkle with freeze dried fruit.
  • Need smaller pieces? This can be done simply by crushing them while in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Turn them into a powder in a small food processor and add to marinades, batter, smoothies, or energy bites like this one.
  • Use organic freeze dried fruits in flavored gelatin to add texture without added water that will inhibit setup of the gelatin.
  • Freeze dried fruit can be slightly more tart than fresh fruit. Adjust sweetness as needed.

Want to start baking with freeze dried fruit?  Check out the selection of Homegrown Organic Farms products on Amazon!

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites with Organic Freeze Dried Fruit

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites

This is my first attempt at using organic freeze dried fruit in an energy bites recipe.  It was amazingly simple to make since I have a small food processor.  Just add the freeze dried fruit into the food processor and pulse until it forms a fine powder.  Then, add to the other ingredients, blend together, and roll into balls.  These cinnamon apple energy bites have a nice sweet/tart flavor and are loaded with healthy ingredients.  A perfect afternoon snack or even a breakfast in a hurry!

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites with Organic Freeze Dried Fruit

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites with Organic Freeze Dried Fruit
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups freeze dried apples
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional, I used vanilla)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup,
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-3 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. Measure out the freeze dried fruit and pulse in a small food processor until you have a fine powder.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Start with 1 TBSP of water and add only enough to create a dough that will stick together.
  3. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls
  4. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. Desiree Lopez says:
    I think these Apple Energy Bites sound like a great breakfast idea. I'll have to check out the Homegrown Organic Farms Freeze Dried Fruit and see what other recipes I can come up with.
  2. This would be a great snack for my daughter. She isn't big on peanut butter and that seems to be in most energy bites, this is a great option for her since it doesn't have that.
  3. There are some balls like this that I make but not as flavorful sounding, the kids love those. I think making these will be a nice twist to my other ones to add variety! Thanks :)
  4. Those sound like the perfect pick-me-up this fall! I was talking to my husband about the fact that we eat so much better when we have a plan. Making these is definitely in my plan for the weekend.
  5. These would be SO good to have on hand! And my kids would gobble them up, too, if I didn't first!

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