Healthy chocolate energy bites

I was recently talking to a colleague about sugar, specifically a chocolate cupcake, and how he believed that eating that cupcake was as bad for you as going outside and smoking 8 cigarettes. I would like to say he was exaggerating for effect, but I genuinely trust that is his belief! Whether it is true or not, it can not be disputed that refined sugar is, well, terrible for us.

I am not someone who is going to sit here and say that I don’t ever eat sugar, because I do. My favourite food is biscuits. Don’t matter what type, just biscuits. However, I am at present on a mission to try and cut it out of my life as much as possible. My relationship with sugar is manageable, when I don’t have it in my house. If it is in reach however, there is no element of self control. As in my husband literally has to pry the biscuit packet out of my hands so I don’t eat the lot in one go. Then I get grumpy, even though I told him to take them from me. If that’s not a mild sugar addiction I don’t know what is.

Energy bites became popular a while ago, but I never gave them a go because I don’t have a food processor. Enter Nutri bullet. I figured it blends, so why not try using that. Turns out it does work, so long as you pulse the mixture and take a little extra time so as not to overheat the blender (yes, speaking from experience).

If you haven’t come across Energy bites before, they are basically a healthier sweet treat, made with a base of processed dates, as well as anything else rolled in that you want. The dates give them the sweet taste, so no refined sugar is needed. A lot of recipes call for Medjool dates, as opposed to regular pitted dates. Medjool dates have more of a rich, sticky, caramelly texture, so a lot of bliss ball recipes specify to use this type. I always have regular pitted dates at home so I use those instead. They tend to be harder, but I read that you can soak them for 5 minutes in hot water so they are easier to blend up, and it works well for me.

I’ve made so many different recipes now, and have figured out the two base recipes that I like.

Chocolate Coconut

Base recipe (makes 8):

  • 23 pitted dates (soaked for 5 minutes in warm water)
  • 1 cup Desiccated coconut
  • 2 TBS Cacao Power
  1. Place all the ingredients into the blender or food processor, and pulse until the dates are smooth and the mixture comes together. The mixture should hold together easily, and be tacky. If you find the mixture needs a little moisture, you can add a TBS of warm water or Coconut oil.
  2. At this point you can add in any chopped dried extras. I like dried apricots or cranberries. I just mix the date base with the dried fruit in a bowl rather than blending
  3. Wet your hands with water (helps to stop the mixture sticking to your fingers!) and roll the mixture into balls
  4. Roll the balls in more coconut if you like, then refrigerate for 1 hour

Chocolate nut

Base recipe (makes 8):

  • 23 pitted dates (soaked for 5 minutes in warm water)
  • 1 cup nuts (either Almond or Peanut, roasted unsalted)
  • 2 TBS Cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ground nutmeg
  1. Blend the nuts in the food processor or blender, so they are just broken up
  2. Add in the dates, cacao powder and nutmeg, blending till the dates are smooth and the mixture comes together
  3. At this point you can remove the mixture from the blender or processor and add in any dried extras
  4. Wet your hands with water and roll the mixture into balls
  5. Roll the balls in more Cacao powder or chopped nuts if you like, then refrigerate for 1 hour

These are so easy to make, and there are so many different combinations you can do. Everytime I eat one of these delicious treats my brain just can not compute it’s not sugar. They are super sweet and fudgey, and really hit the spot. Beware, they are dangerously addictive!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Claire Marlow says:

      Thanks for reading 🙂

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