If it was up to me, ice cream would be acceptable for lunch with a couple of brownies for dinner. Unfortunately, I’m told this won’t do much good … So i’m a bit of a sugar addict – I’ll admit it and will probably never eliminate sugar out my diet entirely. The thought alone fills me with sadness. However, I am trying to make ‘sugar swaps’ and instead of a Marks and Spencer white chocolate cookie have something that’s considered slightly more healthy. Enter… Energy Bites!
If I’m going to be substituting sugar, it’s still gotta’ be sweet. Energy bites are a great substitute and I often have one or two pre or post workout – or just when i’m hungry. They provide a well needed energy hit and typically offer a combination of carbs, proteins, fats. You can customise them to pretty much whatever you fancy. The below recipe is one that I’ve been using for the last few weeks. Sometimes I experiment with a new ingredient and different quantities, so it’s really just a guide. A quick search of ‘energy bite recipes’ will give you an even bigger variety.
(Makes approx. 5 bites)
- Handful of chopped dates dates
- Tsp. Flax Seeds
- Tsp. Cocoa Powder
- 4/5 Brazil nuts or Cashews
- Tbsp. of Nut butter (optional)
- Sprinkle of desiccated coconut for rolling (optional)
- Blend all the ingredients until combined and nuts are very small pieces (as above). I use my Blend Active, but something similar will do.
- Roll a small handful into a ball about 3/4 cm in diameter. Depending on density, you may need to press tightly so it doesn’t fall apart!
- Sprinkle the coconut on a piece of cling film. Roll the ball until it’s lightly coated.
- Leave in the fridge to set for a minimum of 2 hours.