Healthy Recipe: No-Bake Cherry-Almond Bites

Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival at home by making these tasty energy bites.

By: Melissa Romero

In case you haven’t noticed from the hordes of tourists on the Mall, it’s definitely cherry blossom season. But while the blooms are still MIA, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate with some homemade cherry-themed eats.

We love these snacks from dietitian Betsy Ramirez for when we need a quick pick-me-up. And they’re nearly as easy to make as they are to eat—they only require three ingredients (dried cherries, dates, and slivered almonds) and no baking time. 

The cherries provide a wealth of antioxidants and pain-reducing properties, dates are full of fiber, and almonds help reduce the risk of heart disease. Happy snacking!

Serving size: 12

Nutrition per serving: 51 calories, 2 grams fat, 7.8 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram protein.

Ingredients:

½ cup dried cherries
5 to 6 dates
½ cup slivered almonds

Directions:

1) Place dried fruit in a food processor or mini chopper and pulse until the mixture forms tiny crumbles. Add almonds and pulse until combined.

2) Roll into 1-inch balls or press into a fun-shaped ice-cube tray. Store in a sealed container and refrigerate or enjoy immediately.

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