Recipe: Energy Bites, Two Ways

Quite a while ago, I poo-pooed the idea of energy bites as a fad, said that they didn’t appeal to me at all, vowed to never make them. Embarrassingly, I’m now going back on that. Turns out that, yes they may be a bit of a fad, but I actually quite like them, and made them on a number of occasions during exam season.

 photo Energy Bites 5_zpswagmdahi.jpg photo Energy Bites 10_zpsxc7ohzvo.jpgI’m the kind of person that doesn’t really have a huge sweet tooth, until around 9pm at night. Whether I’m watching TV, reading or studying, at that point I like a little pick-me-up. And trust me, I get super hangry without it! If I’m at home, a small instant hot chocolate does the trick without inducing guilty feelings, but when I’m in the library? I need snacks and I need them quickly.

Right at the start of exam season, I’m made the mistake of treating myself to ‘just one’ packet of half-covered hobnobs. Several packets later, skinny jeans starting to feel a little uncomfortable, enough was enough. I pulled out my favourite ‘healthy eating’ books, threw some bits into a blender, and discovered that energy bites weren’t as horrible as previously feared. I’ve now honed my recipe, and now is the time to share it…

 photo Energy Bites 4_zps0viehj6n.jpg photo Energy Bites 1_zpsmm3xn7gk.jpg photo Energy Bites 3_zpsuheif4ot.jpgIngredients

  • 75g ‘dry stuff’ – I use equal measures of oats, almonds (flaked as that’s what I tend to buy), hazelnuts, chia, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
  • 50-75g pitted dates, soaked in a little boiling water then drained
  • 50g nut butter
  • 2 teaspoons cacao powder, for chocolatey bites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon – for ‘plain nut bites’ (a drop of vanilla extract is also good!)

Blitz the dry stuff in a blender (I use the grind function on mine) until you have a coarse powder. Tip into a large bowl and stir through the cacao, if using. Blitz together the dates and nut butter, adding a little of the soaking liquid if the mix is too sticky to blend.

Personal preference – I like to leave a few good-sized chunks of date in there for a fruity hit (says the person who hates fruit!).

Tip the sticky mix into the bowl, then mix together with your hands. Trust me, a spoon does not work here! I find some actions similar to bread kneading works well to combine the ingredients. Roll tablespoons into balls, place on a lined baking tray, and chill in the fridge for a few hours, before transferring to a sealed container – keep in the fridge, though I prefer to bring them to room temperature before snacking!

 photo Energy Bites 7_zps1v1xampg.jpgThe chocolatey ones are (surprise surprise!) my absolute favourites. Super chocolatey, rich and squidgy, I’ve even warmed them until melty and eaten with a spoon for a real ‘treat’ without any of the guilt. I’m planning on making them infused with some orange next time, for a healthier take on a Terry’s Chocolate Orange…

Are you a fan of energy bites? What’s your go-to sweet snack?

  • Sophie

    Ah these are going straight on my to make list. They sound right up my street!
    Sophie
    x
    A Story of a Girl

    • ninegrandstudent

      They are delicious, let me know how you get on! x

  • I’ve tried making them without a recipe before and ended up with something not especially tasty so I’ve been put off since! But if I used an actual tried-and-tested recipe maybe I’d enjoy them 😀
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      I can imagine they could go exceptionally badly, but I do like these especially as I can make them more nutty or oaty depending on my budget that week! x

  • Okay so normally I hate stuff like this (pass me a cupcake any day)…but these actually look quite good. Bookmarking for when I’m feeling a surge of health…

    Katie xx ¦ La Coco Noire

    • ninegrandstudent

      I definitely agree on the cupcake front, but these are perfect for fixing the 4pm shakes I seem to develop and keep me going until dinner. Cupcake would still win hands down though! x

  • Marta Rattlesnake

    When I’m super lazy I just mix ground almonds with a tangy raspberry jam to the right consistency. Roll in cocoa powder for a posh finish. They taste absolutely heavenly. Yours seem a bit more balanced and power-packed though!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Oh, that sounds amazing and so simple! x

  • Renee Hartwig

    Just about to finish the last of my remaining bliss balls tonight. they are yummy huh?
    Renee x
    http://reneehartsthis.blogspot.com.au/

    • ninegrandstudent

      Definitely, I love them! x