These little balls provide the trifecta one wants in a homemade AIP-friendly “energy bite” or protein bar: nutrient dense, easy to make, and delicious taste! These are high in protein and healthy fats, so they make excellent between-meal snacks, and are naturally sweet without added sugars, so they are a great as a meal-ending dessert bite too.
Nutrient dense energy bites
Tiger nut flour is one of the key ingredients to the nutrient density (if you aren’t familiar with tiger nuts, check out this post for more information and additional recipes that use this unique flour) of these paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) compliant bites. Tiger nuts are not nuts, but are actually tubers and are a great source of resistant starch, which is a prebiotic that can be helpful for feeding the “good bacteria” in our guts – especially important for those of us with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, or anyone who is dealing with an autoimmune disease. They also provide vitamins E, C, and B6, as well as the minerals magnesium, iron, and zinc.
The coconut and coconut oil provide healthy fats, including medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are easily digested and provide quick energy. And finally, a hearty portion of collagen peptides provides added protein and provides a healing effect for the digestive tract, among other benefits. All of these factors combine to make these bites a great option to give you a satisfying treat, while helping improve your gut health!
I don’t usually go through the effort of calculating nutritional data for individual recipes, but I wanted to make sure I had done that before promoting this recipe to my clients and readers who need extra nutritional support. I was happy to discover that each bite provides almost 4 grams of fiber (that’s 14% of your daily recommended intake) and 3 grams of protein. You can find the complete nutritional breakdown here.
Do note that although they contain no added sweeteners, dates are high in natural sugars and each bite has 12 grams of sugar, much of that in the form of fructose. Since we are advised to limit our fructose intake on AIP to less than 20 grams per day, you do want to keep your intake of these AIP energy bites to no more than one or two per day.
My recommendations (click the links for buying information):
- Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
- Pamela’s Tiger Nut Flour
- Let’s Do Organic Shredded Coconut
- Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
- Real Salt Kosher Sea Salt
- Simply Organic Ceylon Cinnamon
If you can’t find the ingredients needed for this recipe in your local grocery store, consider ordering them from ShopAIP. This is a great online store, carefully curated by a fellow autoimmune disease warrior and vetted by Certified AIP Coaches like myself.
AIP Energy Bites Recipe
- Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process until well blended and combined, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
- Shape into 12-13 balls with your hands.
- Place balls on a plate or small sheet pan and put into freezer for about 10 minutes, or just long enough to firmly set.
- Store in a sealed container in refrigerator or at room temperature.
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