So today I decided I would make some energy bites which are basically a mixture of dates and other nuts put together with a few other ingredients. I haven’t made these for ages so I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but I wanted to share the recipe with all of you.
I like these for after training for 3 reasons:
- They are high in natural sugars, so are good for replenishing glycogen stores immediately after a training session.
- They are easy to pack and bring with you anywhere!
- They taste good! (Seriously, these are one snack I could easily devour.)
You can also use these an alternative to conventional treats such as chocolate and sweets, knowing that they don’t contain so much processed ingredients.
So, without further ado, here is what you’ll need to get started!
Cashew Coconut Lemon Energy Bites
Ingredients (makes 35 – 45 energy bites)
- 1 and 1/4 cup cashews
- 200g dates
- Agave syrup (honey, maple syrup and other substitutes can be used)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour or desiccated coconut (I find desiccated coconut works best)
- 1 – 2 tbsp coconut oil or 50ml water (if the mixture is not soft or sticky enough)
Extra Ingredients (to add a bit of flair)
- Lemon or orange zest
- 1 scoop protein powder (unflavoured works best, but you can experiment with flavours)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour or desiccated coconut for rolling (desiccated coconut works a lot better)
I highly recommend the addition of lemon or orange zest when you are making these as they really do add to the flavour. Just buy an orange or lemon, get a cheese grater and grate the skin of the fruit into the mixture later on.
If you want to make more or less of the batch, then you can increase or decrease the volume or mass of ingredients used as desired whilst keeping the ratios the same, or you can modify them slightly.
- Boil some water and pour the raw cashews and dates into two separate bowls.
- Pour the boiled water over the cashews and dates until they are completely covered and leave them to soften up for at least half an hour.
- If necessary pit the dates and add them to a food processor. Pulse it all together, then add the (now soft) cashews and pulse them as well.
- Measure 1/2 cup coconut flour or desiccated coconut and add it to the food processor and pulse it all together.
- Add a drizzle of honey, agave syrup or a similar sweetener and pulse.
- Optional – sprinkle some salt, add some lemon or orange zest or add a scoop of protein powder (to make for a better recovery snack).
- Modify – taste the batter. If you find it to be too dry, then add 1 – 2 tbsp coconut oil or about 50ml of water and pulse together before taste testing again. If it is still too dry for your liking, add some more.
- Roll the batter into little balls about 1 – 2 cm wide.
- Optional – roll each cashew coconut lemon bite in coconut flour or desiccated coconut.
And that’s it! Enjoy your cashew lemon coconut energy bites and experiment with different flavours!
The number of energy bites you make will vary depending on how large they are, with this batch I made about 41 energy bites, so I can imagine the range will vary between 35 and 45.
Here you can watch how I made my batch!
If you decided to try making these or made any modifications to the recipe which worked well, be sure to let me know down below!