I can’t say it enough times, I LOVE me some energy bites. You can pack in as many fruits and nuts and seeds as you like, play around with coatings and just create your perfect post workout snack or movie night treat. It’s all natural and ideal for a “clean eating” diet, best part is you can whip up a batch in around 15 minutes, pop them in the fridge and they’ll keep for 3 – 4 days no problem. I used to keep mine in the freezer but found that it dried them out slightly and made them way too crumbly, so I’ve been keeping them in a Tupperware box in the fridge.
I’m a little nervous about tomorrow morning, I’m going to my first Boot Camp gym workout and I’ve done a couple of classes this morning that’s really taken it out of me, so my legs are already feeling a bit like lead, so tomorrow I’m hoping that I can stretch it out and fling myself into the boot camp… we’ll see. I spoke to a couple of the ladies today who said it was a great class but boy did they feel it the day after (and these are seasoned gym bunnies).
I’m still practicing with my new camera, I’ve been working on presentation of food etc, but now I’m fretting because the lighting in my kitchen is pretty poor, it’s at the back of the house and we don’t get much light round there, so I’ve been dragging my kitchen table around the room trying to get the perfect daylight shot. I even took these energy bites out to the front of the house on the patio where the sun is shining bright, but then I started to worry about shadows… the list is endless! I saw some other food blogger post a photo of her kitchen and she had a cheeky little photo light tent which I think I might need to invest in, but it’s early days yet and I’m still working out all the functions of the camera, but I hope you’ve been able to see a slight difference in my latest food shots.
Raw Energy Bites, Quick, Healthy & Super Tasty (Clean, Vegan & Gluten free)
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Makes 8 energy bites
2 and 1/2 tbsp smooth unsweetened peanut butter
2 tbsp maple syrup (or agave nectar)
1 tsp Almond extract
1 tbsp Hazelnut milk (or any other non dairy milk you have in)
Pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup rolled oats (make sure Gluten free if Celiac)
1. In a food processor pulse together the walnuts, hazelnuts, dates, raisins and oats until it’s starts to bind together then transfer to a mixing bowl.
2. In a separate bowl combine the peanut butter, almond essence and hazelnut milk and mix together until smooth.
3. Add the peanut butter mixture to the mixing bowl of fruit and nuts, add the pinch of nutmeg and fold everything together, you should have a nice thick dough.
4. Using your hands grab a heaped tablespoon of the mixture and squeeze it in your palm to compact it then roll into a ball and set aside on a plate.
5. Once you’ve done all 8 you can choose what you would like to coat them in, I opted for 2 rolled in sesame seeds, 2 rolled in cocoa powder, 2 rolled in shredded coconut and 2 just left plain, or you can leave them all plain it’s up to you.
Each energy bite (without coatings) are approx 95 calories each