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These Coconut and Banana Lentil Bites (also from lentils.ca) are also super easy and were a big hit with the kids for an after school snack. They made a nice mid-day snack for Mom and Dad too.
Coconut and Banana Lentil Bites Makes 25-30
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup unroasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup mashed very ripe banana, about 1 large banana
- 1/2 cup cooked (or from canned) green or red lentils
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1 Tbsp melted, cooled, coconut oil
- 1/2 cup coconut or almond flour
- Place coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, banana, lentils, and honey into a food processor. Pulse until smooth, scrape down the sides and pulse again. Transfer to a bowl using a spatula.
- Stir in chocolate chips and oil until fully incorporated. Stir in the coconut flour until fully combined.
- Roll into bite-size balls, about 1 Tbsp in size. Optional garnish: roll some in extra coconut or dip in melted chocolate as pictured. Cover and refrigerate or freeze for 5-10 minutes. The bites will become more solid and ready to eat. Store in an air tight container in the fridge to snack on during the week, or freeze until you are ready to nibble.