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This is a spinoff of a fan-favorite recipe in The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook — Fig Energy Bites! Here, I use dried apples and apricots instead of figs and fresh vanilla seeds and lemon to switch out the flavor profile. Yes, the seeds scraped from a fresh vanilla bean are AIP-friendly, since the seeds are so small they don’t get chewed but pass through digestion “whole” (kinda like the seeds in cucumbers, and berries!).
There isn’t anything fussy or hard about this recipe — just place everything in your food processor, roll into balls, and enjoy!
- Add the apple rings, apricots, vanilla bean seeds, lemon juice, lemon zest (reserving 1 teaspoon for later), and coconut oil to a food processor. Process on high until thoroughly combined and sticky, about 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the shredded coconut, sea salt, and reserved lemon zest and stir to combine.
- Using your hands, form the apple mixture into small balls, about the size of 2 tablespoons, and roll through the coconut mixture before placing on a plate. Once all of your "bites" are formed, place them in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to harden. Keep refrigerated before serving, or they will melt.