Fruit & Nut Energy Bites

These energy bites came about after the long Easter weekend. My family had visited and we’d all eaten a huge amount of chocolate (partly my fault for baking treats!). So once everyone had left I decided to make some healthy snacks for the week at work to stop me eating any more Easter chocolates! These are essentially just fruit and nuts dipped into some gorgeously rich dark chocolate. Once made, they are the perfect mid afternoon snack!

There are two types of these energy bites, one uses dates and hazelnuts, the other uses apricots and cashews. One thing that is essential for this is a blender/food processor.

Ingredients

Date based bites:

  • 100g Hazelnuts
  • 250g Soft Pitted Dates
  • 2Tbsp Golden Linseed

Apricot based bites:

  • 100g Cashews
  • 250g Soft Apricots
  • 2Tbsp Golden Linseed

Toppings:

  • 180g Dark Chocolate (85% or more)
  • Dessicated Coconut
  • Chopped nuts of your choice

Method

  1. I would start with the date energy bites as the apricot.ones are a little stickier, but it is completely up to you. To begin with, put the hazelnuts/cashews in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped.
  2. Then add the dates/apricots and the golden linseed and blitz again until the mixture is fully combined and is almost a paste.
  3. I found it easiest to tip the mixture out onto a plate/bowl and then divide it up in to balls. So you can easily get about 15 bite sized pieces out of each mixture. Simply grab a small amount and roll it into a ball and then set aside. It is essential to keep wetting your hands with cold water as otherwise it can stick to your hands.
  4. Now break up the chocolate into a microwave safe bowl, and heat in 20 second bursts until it is melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate! One by one dip the balls into the chocolate and place on a tray lined with baking paper/parchment.
  5. Finally, before the chocolate sets, sprinkle over whichever topping is desired! I used chopped up cashews, chopped up hazelnuts and desiccated coconut on mine. Once set, you’re done 🙂 you have at least 30 bite size, healthy, protein packed snacks – yum!

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