If you’re looking for something to give you that energy boost then my raw energy bites are just the thing! Slightly sweet with no added sugar and with natural energy boosters they can pick you up in no time at all… They are also the perfect snack to put in your children’s’ lunch boxes or to pop in your bag for your mid morning snack. Say no to unhealthy snacks with these raw extra delicious energy bites. They look so good before you even bite into them but taste even better when you do!
They are so easy to make once you blend the ingredients together then you can get the kids rolling them. Imagine their pride when they show them around the playground. Soon they will be making their own snacks themselves so no more pressure for us mums… The hardest thing when you decide to avoid all processed snacks is keeping up with the volume at which they are consumed. Once you teach your children to make their own snacks the relief is immense and one less thing to worry about in your busy schedule.
First I make my base crumble mix and then I add the extra combination ingredients depending on what flavour I want until they form the right consistency before being shaped.
You can choose any combination of ingredients as long as they are natural and combine well together. The favourite raw energy bites in our household are raw cacao coated in dessicated coconut but here I will give you our other favourite combinations:
– Cacao and Coconut: Add 2 tablespoons of raw cacao to the crumble mix along with the rest of the ingredients. For a sweeter flavour add 1-2 tablespoons of honey. Roll into bite shapes and dip in desiccated coconut. Raw cacao enhances physical and mental health and is rich in nutrients that increase energy levels and improves mood and concentration. A perfect addition to these raw energy bites!
– Gogi Berries and Sesame Seeds: Soak 2 tablespoons of gogi berries in hot water to soften for 10 minutes. Drain and add to your crumble mix along with the dates. Blitz in a food processor and roll into shapes and dip in sesame seeds. Gogi berries are high in fibre, antioxidants and vitamin C and have the highest concentration of protein than in any fruit. They raise blood sugar levels slowly so give you the energy your body needs.
– Raw Maca and Cashew Nut: Add 2 teaspoons of raw maca powder and 1 tablespoon of cashew nut butter to the mix as well as the dates. Blitz. Shape into balls. Maca is a natural energy booster, derived from the maca root and is also known for increasing stamina and mood. If on medication consult your doctor before taking maca as it can affect hormone levels.
– Matcha Green Tea and Pistachio : Add 2 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder and 2 tablespoons of crushed pistachios with the extra dates. Blitz and roll into balls and dip in coconut or cacao if desired. Matcha green tea is packed with antioxidants and boosts metabolism. It is high in fibre and enhances mood and energy levels. Matcha means powdered tea so you are actually drinking the leaves of the tea so the nutrients are more potent and perfect for that energy boost.
Acai Berry and Blueberry: Soak 2 tablespoons of dried blueberries in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and add to the mixture with 1 tablespoon acai berry powder with the dates. Blitz and shape into bite-sized pieces. Blueberries themselves contain powerful antioxidants and minerals which boost immune function. Acai berries are grown in the Amazon so we are buying the freeze dried powder. They are high in phytonutrients, electrolytes and minerals which are key elements for improving energy levels. We love adding it to our berry smoothies as well as our raw bars and raw energy bites.
The list is endless……
And they can be rolled into any shape…
Round, square or as a bar. Mmmmmmm….
They can last for up to a week in the fridge, ready when you want… help yourself…. Go on, take a bite!
- 1 cup raw almonds
- ½ cup cashews
- 2 cups dates
- 1 tablespoon coconut or nut butter
- ½ cup ground almonds
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 4 extra dates
- 1 tablespoon honey, optional
- 2 tablespoons dessicated coconut
- 2 tablespoons gogi berries
- 5 extra dates
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds.
- 2 teaspoons raw maca powder
- 1 tablespoon cashew nut butter
- 5 extra dates
- 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
- 2 tablespoons crushed pistachios
- 4 extra dates
- Raw cacao powder or desiccated coconut to decorate
- 1 cup/170g crumble base
- 2 tablespoons dried blueberries
- 1 tablespoon acai berry powder
- 4 extra dates
- Place all your ingredients for the crumble base into a food processor and blitz until combined. It can be a nutty texture or totally smooth, depending on your preference.
- Add the extra ingredients to make the flavour of your choice. Roll into balls and leave in the fridge to set for an hour or when required. They last for up to a week in the refrigerator.
- Cacao and Coconut: Add 2 tablespoons of raw cacao to the crumble mix along with the extra dates. For a sweeter flavour add 1-2 tablespoons honey. Roll into bite shapes and dip in dessicated coconut.
- - Gogi Berries and Sesame Seeds: Soak 2 tablespoons of gogi berries in hot water to soften for 10 minutes. Drain and add to your crumble mix along with the dates. Blitz in a food processor and roll into shapes and dip in sesame seeds.
- - Raw Maca and Cashew Nut: Add 1 tablespoon of raw maca powder and 1 tablespoon of cashew nut butter to the mix as well as the dates. Blitz. Shape into balls.
- - Green Tea Matcha and Pistachio : Add 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder and 2 tablespoons crushed pistachios with the extra dates. Blitz and roll into balls and dip in coconut or cacao if desired.
- Acai Berry and Blueberry: Soak 2 tablespoons of dried blueberries in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and add to the mixture with 1 tablespoon acai berry powder with the dates. Blitz and shape into bite sized pieces.
- The consistency of the mix depends on the texture of the dates. Hard dates should be soaked in hot water for 10 minutes.
- The mixture should be soft enough to roll but firm enough to hold it's shape. If the mixture is too soft add extra ground almonds. If the mixture is too dry then add extra dates.