|► Makes 12 Bites|
|1 cup (185 g) sliced bananas
1 cup (105 g) walnut halves
1 cup (130 g) roasted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds), divided
1/4 cup (40 g) ground flaxseed
3 Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch of salt
|In a food processor equipped with an S-blade, pulse the bananas, walnuts, 1/2 cup (65 g) of pepitas, flaxseed, dates, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt together until they make a slightly chunky dough. Do not process too much or you will get a mushy paste.
Make approximately twenty 1-tablespoon-sized (10 g) balls with the dough and place them on a baking sheet to refrigerate for 10 minutes. Chop the remaining 1/2 cup (65 g) of pepitas into smaller pieces, then place them in a small bowl.
After refrigerating, press each ball into the pepita pieces to crust the outside until each protein bite is covered.
Serve immediately, or store in your refrigerator for up to 10 days for snacking.
To add a pop of color and even more nutrition, try mixing 1 tablespoon (10 g) of your favorite, unflavored greens powder into the mixture while processing.