Who’s still feeling healthy this January?! Well, I have to admit I haven’t exactly jumped on the New Year, New Year thing this year but I have been trying to make small tweaks to my food choices as we aim towards are more balanced diet with less sugar, dairy and processed stuff. Instead we’re aiming to get our energy levels up in more sustainable ways.
The year before last Raj and I did the no-sugar diet following doctors orders and whilst it was pretty tricky to start with after a couple of weeks we did super well, feeling way more energetic and losing a little bit of weight.
Unfortunately this all went out the window when we went to Southeast Asia last year where sugar is put in nearly every dish. Since then getting back on the no-sugar diet has proved a tad difficult to get motivated for.
Instead we are working on healthier food choices and slowly reducing our cravings and reliance on sugar, wheat, dairy and processed food.
These no-bake energy bites are the perfect quick snack option when you start to crave something sweet. You know that mid-afternoon slump when you just fancy a bit of a biscuit or a choccy bar? Well, this is the best thing to reach for instead.
It is full of the right kind of carb. That is, oats are soluble and a better option than wheat. They contain flax seed and chia seed which are both great sources of protein and omega 3. The protein helps you feel fuller for longer. They also contain peanut butter, but not the cheap stuff laden with extra oil, this is just pure peanuts which are, again, a great source of protein and a healthier fat. They also contain cacao nibs which is raw form of chocolate before it is processed. These are full of antioxidants and over 300 minerals. And finally they have a bit of coconut and honey for a more natural source of sweetness.
The best thing about these no-bake energy bites is that you only need one little ball at a time to satiate your craving and to feel satisfied. That makes these cost effective as well as healthy. Hoorah!
With this recipe you can get as creative as you like it, customising to suit your own taste. If the mixture is too dry add a bit more of the wet ingredients (peanut butter or honey) and if it’s too wet add a bit more of the dry ingredients.
You can switch the honey for agave syrup to make it vegan friendly.
You can also add different nuts, seeds or dried fruit in place of the coconut and cacao nibs.
It really is a great base idea for having an energy boost ready in your fridge.
No-Bake Energy Bites (makes approx. 24)
- 100g Coconut Flakes
- 150g Rolled Oats
- 125g Smooth Peanut Butter
- 60g Cacao Nibs
- 6tbsp Ground Flax Seed
- 1tbsp Chia Seed
- 5tbsp Clear Honey
- 1tsp Vanilla Extract
- In a dry frying pan on a low-medium heat toast the coconut flakes. Keep shaking the pan and remove from heat when the flakes start to turn golden.
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Use your hands to really work the mixture together if necessary.
- Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Remove from fridge and roll into balls.
- Chill one more time before transferring to an airtight container.