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Small & Mighty Performance Bites

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Cashew at the finish line!

Okay, so cashews aren’t actually nuts, but that was kinda funny right? …*crickets*

Nuts are nutritional powerhouses loaded with good fat, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals to keep you fueled. These Mighty Bites are a recipe of concentrated energy that deliver around 160 to 200 calories per small handful, making them a perfect on-the-go snack. Just remember, because nuts are healthy doesn’t mean you can eat as many as you want. Not all nuts are created equal either. You should be buying raw, organic, un-salted nuts. 

Nutritional Highlights

Pumpkin Seeds – Full of anemia-fighting iron, immunity-boosting zinc, recovery-accelerating magnesium and mood-boosting tryptophan. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of plant-based iron. They’re also packed with fibre, healthy fats, and protein.

Flax Seeds – Contain a large amount of recovery-enhancing manganese, inflammation-reducing Omega-3 and energy-boosting Magnesium.

Chia Seeds – Chia is high in muscle-building protein, skin-repairing antioxidants and healthy blood-sugar levelling fibre. A complete protein high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants, chia has been shown to promote heart health, boost endurance, increase oxygen uptake and impede dehydration. It’s also a great “slow carb”, providing sustained energy over a long period of time.

Sunflower Butter – High in free-radical fighting Vitmain E and Digestion-aiding fibre.

Almond Flour – Full of muscle-repairing protein, energy-boosting Riboflavin and Vitamin B2, free radical fighting antioxidants and blood sugar and blood pressure stabilizing magnesium.

Banana– Bananas are high in heart rate and blood pressure stabilizing potassium. Rich in antioxidants, which can provide protection from free radicals (not the tubular kind of radical.)

Coconut Oil – Loaded with natural pH feeding electrolytes, immunity and energy enhancing lauric acid and  fat burning MCTs.

Dates – Easily digested, allowing your body to make full use of their goodness, dates are full of minerals, vitamins, and health-benefiting phytonutrients—essential for normal growth, development, and overall well-being. Containing simple sugars like fructose and dextrose allowing them to replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly.

Pink Himalayan Salt – Containing at least 84 naturally occurring trace elements in their natural mineral form, the benefits of natural Himalayan Crystal Salt range from Regulating the water content throughout your body and promoting healthy pH balance in your cells to preventing muscle cramping and aiding in proper metabolism functioning.

Small & Mighty Performance Bites

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Serves: 12 Cooking Time: 20min

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp sunflower butter
  • 1 chopped date
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pink himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 c pumpkin seeds
  • 1.3 c slivered almonds
  • 1/2 c almond flour

Instructions

1

Mash all the ingredients up in a bowl

2

Coat a cast iron pan with a thin layer of coconut oil (approx 1/2 tsp)

3

Drop bite-sized portions onto the pan

4

Pre-heat your oven to 400°F

5

Pop your pan in the oven

6

When the oven gets to 400°F turn it down to 350°F

7

Cook the bites for approx 10min per side...(flip at the 10min mark)

8

Best kept in the freezer for extra crunchy goodness!

Notes

Feel free to mix up your nut and seed variety!

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