These chia seed bites are so sweet and delicious and are packed full of goodness so you don’t have to feel bad when you’re scoffing one.
They are also really easy to make – all you need is a food processor and a freezer. So what goes into these bites of goodness? Firstly medjool dates act as the base of the bites – you can use ordinary dates but medjool dates are usually bigger and stickier so help the mixture to combine. Dates are high in fibre and are packed full of antioxidants so they are great for your digestive system. You then need a nut to add to the mixture – you can use any kind of nuts but I used almonds as they are one of my favourites. Then you can add in a mixture of other ingredients to make up the bites.
I added in a number of superfoods including chia seeds so these bites would give me lasting energy. Chia seeds are full of great health benefits. They are full of omega 3 fats which keep your heart and brain healthy and they increase your iron intake – which is good for me as I’m low on this. Iron helps your body to form red blood cells and move oxygen around your body, so eating something like chia seeds regularly should improve your energy levels.
Just before rolling these into shape I added a drizzle of maple syrup – you don’t have to, but seeing as I have a sweet tooth this definitely helped to make these bites extra sweet. These energy bites are great in the afternoon with a cup of tea. They won’t act like a processed chocolate bar and make your blood sugar spike – instead they’ll give you slow releasing energy and should stop you craving a snack!
If you try the recipe be sure to let me know!
Cup of medjool dates
Cup of almonds
Half a cup of pumpkin seeds
Half a cup of cashews
One tablespoon chia seeds
Grated zest of one Satsuma
One tablespoon of coconut oil
One tablespoon of cacao powder
Maple syrup to taste
Method: Add the dates, almonds, pumpkin seeds and cashews to a food processor and pulse until a sticky mixture forms. Then add the chia seeds, grated zest, coconut oil and cacao powder and pulse again. Then add maple syrup to the mixture to taste. Roll the mixture into shape, dusting with the coconut, and place them in the freezer for a few hours. Remove to the fridge and eat!