Almond and Walnut Energy Bites

delicious recipe for almond and walnut energy bites
Almond and Walnut Energy Bites
It can be hard to find healthy things to snack on whilst on-the-go. Fruit can be a good option, however it tends to bruise easily whilst in your bag, and no one likes reaching in for your purse and pulling out mushy-banana covered fingers!
And of course all things that come in a wrapper and are easy to transport (I'm thinking chocolate bars, granola bars, crisps) are pretty much all full of refined sugar and bad fats, which leave you feeling sluggish and rubbish after the initial sugar-rush.



Walnuts, cocoa powder, check!
 So here is a perfect on-the-go healthy snack that will give you lots of energy, without that sugar slump. These little babies are energy-filled balls of healthy goodness, and what's more, they only take about ten minutes to make!

What I love about making these goodies is that you can really get creative with the recipe and make them out of anything you have in the cupboard. As long as you have some nuts and dates, you’re good to go! They last for about 3 weeks so they’re a perfect treat to make and keep in the fridge, ready for when that 3pm slump hits.

I took inspiration for this recipe from Deliciously Ella- the queen of healthy snacking! She has some other great flavour combo ideas on her blog.
They taste so indulgent that you really can’t believe they are at all good for you, but I promise they are! The skin-plumping Vitamin E, the healthy fats, fibre, omega 3, and protein from the almonds, dates, walnuts, and chia seeds make these super food energy bites SO good for you. The only problem I have with these is trying to resist eating them all at once!!

Getting messy with the ingredients!
Almond and Walnut bites

Makes approx. 12 bites

2/3 cup almonds
2/3 cup walnuts
1 cup pitted Medjool dates
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon cocao (or 2 tablespoons of regular cocoa powder)
Optional: 1 teaspoon honey (for extra sweetness!)


Method
1)      Add the almonds and walnuts to the blender and pulse until in a flour-like consistency.
2)      Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender with 1 tablespoon of water, and mix. You may need to add 2-3 more tablespoons of water, depending on the consistency.
3)      When the mixture is smooth and sticky, use your hands to pick out a small amount at a time, squeeze in the palm of your hand, and roll into firm balls.
4)      When there is no more mixture left, put the balls in the freezer to set for about an hour.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks!

Let me know if you try these; what ingredients did you use?



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