I used to always make these kind of energy bites or energy bars before until my food processor broke. I used the food processor almost every day so was so sad! I got by with just a small smoothie maker for some things, but it can’t blend up dates and nuts. I kept meaning to replace the food processor and finally did recently, so I can make a lot more healthy treats like these! (My food processor is a Kenwood Multipro Compact which I love, but I think you could make these in any kind of food processor.)
Oran has been a bit sick for a few days, just a bit of a fever and cough. He’s still eating plenty but I wanted to make something to give him plenty of energy, and a nice treat for him. And something to distract me from eating the kids’ leftover Easter eggs! (They got bored of chocolate when they finished their white chocolate eggs, so there’s still dark chocolate ones.)
These are really easy and quick to make, but taste great. It’s easy to make different variations, and you can use different nuts or oats. People usually use 1 cup of pitted dates to 1 cup of nuts/oats, then add whatever else you want to flavour it or add more goodness. So it’s easy to remember that, and as long as you don’t add too much liquid ingredients then you can’t go wrong. This time I made chocolate orange flavour.
I made these with a mixture of walnuts and oats, and the dates, with some cocoa powder, orange zest, orange juice and ground flaxseeds. The walnuts and flaxseeds provide omega 3, and I’m trying to eat more walnuts because I never remember to include them in my diet. I think I like making this with a mixture of nuts and oats best, it gives them a nice texture and provides plenty of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates. So they’re very healthy and good to give you energy quickly, but also a nice sweet treat. They’re also handy for kids’ lunch boxes (if the school is nut free, make them with just oats or try seeds like pumpkin and sunflower seeds). They’re the perfect size for little toddler hands to hold, and are a good snack for baby led weaning too!
Makes about 10 energy bites
1 cup of pitted dates
1/2 cup of walnuts
1/2 cup of oats
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds (optional)
Zest of half an orange
Juice of 1/4-1/2 an orange
How it’s made:
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend. I used the juice of half an orange but start off with adding the juice of a quarter and add more until the mixtures comes together so that you can roll it into balls, but so that it’s not too wet.
Form the mixture into balls with your hands and store in the fridge.