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Delicious Energy Bites Done 3 ways

  • Samathmika Bala
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Energy bites and fruit-nut bars in every shape and blend are all the rage on supermarket shelves.  It's the newest fad for those who are crazy busy yet super health-conscious. However, most off-the-shelf energy bars contain a ridiculously long list of ingredients that include added-sugar in suspicious forms (xylitol, stevia omg!), artificial stabilisers, xanthan gum and lots of funny additives.

Now, how can you get a taste of the good stuff without the guilt of inadvertently consuming all the bad stuff? Here’s an easy-peasy solution – quick and simple, all-natural energy bites, in three amazing combinations. best part you can make them all at home.

For all the recipes you will need measuring cups, a blender and a couple of plates and bowls for mixing and presentation.

1. Cranberry-walnut-almond bites (topped with cocoa)

Ingredients:

1 cup whole dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup 100% cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/4 cup almond butter
1/2 tsp dairy-free butter/coconut oil

Method:

1. Measure out the ingredients as suggested and add them to a clean and dry blender/food processor jar. Add the nuts first, followed by fruit and then the rest of the ingredients.

2. Whiz up the fruit-nut mix until all the components are blended in nicely and the mixture reaches the consistency of wet mud. This will take a few minutes so please be patient. Also, make sure that the mixture does not turn into a gooey paste, use the ‘pulse’ action on your blender or food processor and use a long ladle to stir up the mixture so that it blends evenly.

3. Once the mixture is ready transfer it onto a plate.

4. Lightly grease your palm with the non-dairy butter or coconut oil and shape the fruit-nut mixture into any shape of your choice. I’ve shaped the cranberry-walnut into spheres

5. Add the cocoa powder for the energy bites into a large bowl. When you’ve made equal bite-sized pieces using the entire mixture, dip each individual piece into the cocoa powder and transfer it to a plate.

6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

2. Date-almond-peanut bites (topped with roasted sunflower kernels)

 

Ingredients:

1 cup whole pitted dates
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup roasted sunflower kernels
1/2 tsp dairy-free butter/coconut oil

Method:

1. Measure out the ingredients as suggested and add them to a clean and dry blender/food processor jar. Add the nuts first, followed by fruit and then the rest of the ingredients.

2. Whiz up the fruit-nut mix until all the components are blended in nicely and the mixture reaches the consistency of wet mud. This will take a few minutes so please be patient. Also, make sure that the mixture does not turn into a gooey paste, use the ‘pulse’ action on your blender or food processor and use a long ladle to stir up the mixture so that it blends evenly.

3. Once the mixture is ready transfer it onto a plate.

4. Lightly grease your palm with the non-dairy butter or coconut oil and shape the fruit-nut mixture into any shape of your choice. . Here I’ve shaped the date-almond balls into thick cookies.

5. Add the sunflower seeds for the energy bites into a large bowl. When you’ve made equal bite-sized pieces using the entire mixture, dip each individual piece into the sunflower seeds and transfer it to a plate.

6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

3. Raisin-cashew-maple and cocoa (topped with desiscated coconut)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup 100% cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/2 cup whole cashews
1 cup organic raisins
1/2 tsp dairy-free butter/coconut oil
1/4 cup desicated coconut

1. Measure out the ingredients as suggested and add them to a clean and dry blender/food processor jar. Add the nuts first, followed by fruit and then the rest of the ingredients.

2. Whiz up the fruit-nut mix until all the components are blended in nicely and the mixture reaches the consistency of wet mud. This will take a few minutes so please be patient. Also, make sure that the mixture does not turn into a gooey paste, use the ‘pulse’ action on your blender or food processor and use a long ladle to stir up the mixture so that it blends evenly.

3. Once the mixture is ready transfer it onto a plate. I used a slightly greased cookie sheet to let it cool because I wanted to shape the bites into squares

4. Lightly grease your palm with the non-dairy butter or coconut oil and shape the fruit-nut mixture into any shape of your choice. . Here I’ve shaped the raisin-cashew into flattened rectangles.

5. Add the descicated coconut for the energy bites into a large bowl. When you’ve made equal bite-sized pieces using the entire mixture, dip each individual piece into the desicated coconut and transfer it to a plate.

6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Voila, your energy bites are ready!

 

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AUTHOR

Samathmika Balaji

Vegan recipe enthusiast and developer. Samathmika love trying out new flavour combos and getting that perfect recipe no matter what!

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