Energy bites are delicious and are a satisfying snack. These are also considered as pre-workout/post-workout bite and a light/ guilt-free dessert after food. When made at home, they’re absurdly customisable. You will be surprised how easily and quickly these power-packed bites, can be prepared at home.
Making energy bites at home can be so much fun. When I was preparing for this particular post, I started with a ingredients list on a sheet of paper. In my mind, I was thinking of textures and flavours that go well together. Oh.. … the paper was overloaded with the ideas, believe me, I had to seal it down to five combinations, but we can really go on and on and the list will never end.
Feel free to play around with the ingredients of your choice and if any particular ingredient is lying in your kitchen cabinet for the day, and you haven’t got any chance to use it, go ahead and play with the flavours. Just make sure it’s healthy. Couple of points to keep in mind when customising your energy bites at home because flavour concoction you will need some basic building blocks.
1 . When making energy bites at home keep some construction principles in mind: You’ll want a good mix of sticky stuff (binders) and hearty stuff (fillers) so that your balls are neither crumbly nor goopy. A little bite or crunch (roasted nuts or seeds) will add more texture. And, oh yeah, you’ll want them to taste good, too.
2 . Using nut flour (almond, hazelnut, cashew etc.) as an ingredient in the making. You can either buy or make them home. Using a food processor is the best way to make nut flour at home. Cashew Nut Flour/Powder – 250 gm (FREE DELIVERY)
Tips: First grind the nuts (be they whole or sliced, toasted or raw), pulsing until you have the desired consistency—leave them coarser for a crunchier ball; pulverise for a smoother texture.Inalsa Fiesta 650-Watt Food Processor (White/Grey)
3 . Using binders: (figs or dates etc.) Roughly chop and add them to the food processor along. Once they break down to the smaller size, add the rest of the ingredients. They are also a great source of natural energy!Flyberry Gourmet Medjoul Dates 500 G/ 1 Kg / 5 Kg
4 . If you don’t want to use dates, you can use really any dried fruit (apricots, raisins, candied fruits etc.) you have. Keep in mind that dried figs and dates are so gooey and sugary, you probably won’t need another sweetener. I suggest keep tasting and judging as and when you are adding more ingredients. Solimo Premium Dried Figs, 250g
Tip: A tablespoon or two of coconut oil will add richness and will help in binding too. But this is completely optional. Organic Veda Virgin Coconut Oil (500ml)
5 . When using Nuts butter. This is a great source of protein and helps the mixture stick together. Try these with peanut butter, cashew butter or hazelnut butter for a fun twist. How to make nut butter at home.
The Butternut Co. Unsweetened Cashew Butter, 220g
Seed Butter (Pumpkin or Sunflower) also is a great option. Using Tahini, along with Coconut Oil makes a fantastic combination too.
6 . Optional add-ins. Add nuts, chocolate chips, cacao nibs, seeds, extracts, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Cardamom, Vanilla Extract, Cocoa Powder, Orange/Lime/Lemon Zest, Unrefined Toasted Sesame Seed Oil, spices, shredded coconut and even sprinkles for fun flavour twists and variety! You can literally come up with any flavour profile your heart desires!
True Elements Roasted Seeds Combo (Pumpkin,Sunflower,Flax,Watermelon,Flax & Watermelon,Sunflower Pumpkin & Flax), 750g(125g x6)
7 . Roll into balls.
Once your mixture is a sticky mass to shape into neat balls, you’re ready to roll. I find it easiest to keep a bowl of cool water close by I like to wet my hands. (you can make them smaller, but don’t go too big or they’ll be susceptible to crumbling), and dampen my hands whenever they’re too sticky to handle.
If you’ve made fruit-and-nut balls, don’t miss your chance to give them a fun coating, which will counterbalance the stickiness and make them more beautiful. Try shredded coconut, sesame seeds, cocoa powder or more finely-chopped nuts.
Let’s start with recipes now:
Fig and Pistachio Energy Bites
3/4 cup dried figs chopped
1/4th cup Roasted almond (chopped)
1/4th cup Roasted cashew nuts (chopped)
1 tablespoon of cashew butter
A dash of sea salt
1/4th cup Pistachio
Place 1/4 cup pistachios and 1 tsp sea salt into a food processor; pulse until finely ground but not powdery, put in a small bowl and set aside.
Add the chopped figs to a food processor with chopper blade or a mixture. Pulse till coarse paste. Remove in a container and add rest of the ingredients and mix well.
Shape the balls and coat with pistachio crumb.
Chocolate Ganache and Tropical Fruits Bites
I have used a mix of tropical dry fruits. This is easily available and has all the possible dehydrated fruits where their natural sweetness is locked. Mostly you will find dry mango, pineapple, papayas, coconut, cranberries, kiwi, orange etc mixed together. This is one of the quickest bliss ball recipes. Make sure you are using a good quality cocoa powder for the final coating.Hershey’s Cocoa Powder, 225g
Note: Please read the chocolate package; if it has sugar, you can skip on adding extra sweetness to this recipe.
Remember the tropical fruits have their own sweetness.
1 cup of chopped chocolate
1/4th cup of cream
1/2 cup of chopped mix of tropical fruit mix
Happilo Premium International Trial Mix, 200g
A pinch of nutmeg
A dash of salt flakes
Cocoa powder to dust the top before serve
Heat the cream on a low flame and before it comes to a full boil, turn off the heat and add the chopped chocolate to it. Mix till you get a smooth consistency.
Tip: If you are making a small batch, and the quantity of the ingredients is very less, you can use a microwave too.
Add the rest of the ingredients (leaving cocoa powder) and mix well. You will need to keep the batter in the fridge for some time before making the balls.
When shaped and done Roll the balls in cocoa powder and serve.
Coconut and apricot balls
After I had prepared and photographed these ball, I had sent a box of energy bites combining all these five flavours to a friend and asked her for a feedback. According to her, these coconut ones should have one more flavour. Though, I and my husband loved this combination; I think then it’s all about personal liking.
My suggestion to you adds some dry mango to this one … maybe Aampapad Leeve Dry Fruits Alphonso Mango Bar -Aam Papar- 200 Gms would make a good combination. Mango and coconut go well together.
1 cup of shredded coconut
MYSTIQUE HILLS – ORGANIC DESICCATED COCONUT (1 KG) PREMIUM QUALITY
1/4th cup of condensed milk
1/4th cup of marzipan (room temperature)
1/2 cup of chopped apricot
Satvikk Apricot Turkel, 200g
Some extra coconut flour to coat the balls
Mix all the ingredients well and shape into balls. When done give a coating with desiccated coconut.
Dates and Seeds Energy Bites
1 cup of chopped dates seedless
1/2 cup Roasted seeds of your choice
I have used (pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds)
Roast all the seeds separately on medium flame and let them cool completely before adding to date mix.
Add all the chopped dates to a food processor with chopper blade or a mixture. Pulse till coarse paste. Remove in a bowl and add the roasted seeds, mix well. Shape into balls and enjoy.
Oats and raisin with cocoa powder energy bites
I have used some melted chocolate to coat the balls and disguised them to look interesting for kids. Because as my kids see oats they simply refuse to try also. I have also added some cocoa powder along with raisin paste, it gives a beautiful contrast to the flavour.
1 cup of rolled oats
1/4th cup of raisin paste
2 tablespoons of honey
1 spoonful of almond butter
Melted chocolate to coat the balls
A dash of sea salt
Mix all the ingredients well and shape into balls. Keep in the fridge for some time before coating with melted chocolate.
Tip: you might need to increase or decrease the quantity of raisin paste (binder). Because it depends on the quality of oats; they might need more or less binder to shape into balls.