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Energy bites: 6 of Chantal Lehmann’s favorite recipes

There are countless natural ways to fuel your energy level in order to overcome sudden moments of fatigue that occur due to the bustle of everyday life. For the past few months, energy bites have been very popular. The main ingredients of these snacks are perfect for satisfying a little craving and are composed of oleaginous grains and dried fruits. You’ve never heard of them before? Don’t worry! Chantal Lehmann would like to share her 6 favorite recipes that are also easy to make. These practical snacks are not only delicious; they are also beneficial to your health and have been proven to help the body function properly.

Les boules d'énergie

1. Almond, cashew nut and cocoa energy bites

These little balls of energy are very interesting in terms of their nutritional value because the cashew nuts are a great source of protein. The cocoa is rich in magnesium and theobromine, a substance that allows you to stay alert throughout the entire day if you are feeling a little sluggish.

Ingredients (makes 15 energy bites)

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup dried apricots
  • 1 tbs. chia seeds
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs. maple syrup or honey
  • 1-2 tbs. water (as needed)

Directions

In a food processor, roughly chop the almonds and cashews. Add the remaining ingredients and blend for a few minutes or until the mixture holds together. Roll the dough into 15 bites and refrigerate before serving.

(Source: http://www.troisfoisparjour.com/en/accueil)

2. A recipe whose staple ingredient is cashew nut and coconut mousse

This delicious little recipe is easy to follow and is similar to the previous one with just a few small changes. It is great for your health and is the perfect light snack for giving you a boost of afternoon energy. This recipe is versatile, you can replace certain ingredients according to your taste: you can use cashew nut mousse or cashew butter instead of raw grains and almond powder instead of raw almonds.

Ingredients (makes approximately 15 – 20 energy bites)

  • 100 g almond powder
  • 125 g cashew nut mousse
  • 50 g chia seeds
  • 50 g sesame seeds
  • 30 g cocoa powder (preferably unsweetened)
  • 4 tbs. agave syrup (those with a sweet tooth may add more to their liking)
  • Grated coconut for covering the energy bites

Directions

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until it has a slightly textured dough-like texture. Roll the dough in the palm of your hands to form balls. Roll the balls in the grated coconut. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour before serving.

(Source: www.petitsplaisirsansgluten.com)

3. Get a date with dates!

These energy bites will charm all those snack lovers out there. These ideal snacks are great just before a workout or to satisfy a little craving in the late morning or afternoon.

Ingredients (makes 15 energy bites)

  • 400 g dates, pitted
  • 60 g nuts or grains of your choice (macadamia, pecan, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.)
  • 2 tbs. agave or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. raw cocoa powder
  • A few drops of essential oil – lemon, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla extract (vanilla flavoring)

Directions

Soak the dates at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Drain the water, remove the pits and halve them. Place them in the food processor with the nuts, agave or maple syrup and your choice of flavoring. Blend them until the mixture holds together. Roll the mixture in the palm of your hands to form balls then roll them in the cocoa powder.

(Source: www.auvertaveclili.fr)

4. Sugarless sweets with dried fruits!

One of the main ingredients in these energy bites is dried fruit, a nutritious sweetener that varies in flavor without the need for adding artificial sweeteners to your diet. Endless options of ingredient combinations exist but we have selected three to share with you.

Ingredients

Recipe #1: Fruit energy bites

  • Dried apricots
  • Dates
  • Cashew nuts
  • Ground cardamom
  • Banana
  • Honey
  • Sesame seeds

Recipe #2:

  • Raisins
  • Prunes
  • Walnuts
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Banana
  • Honey
  • Coconut powder

Recipe #3:

  • Dried figs
  • Raisins
  • Almonds
  • Ground fennel seeds
  • Banana
  • Honey
  • Poppy seeds

Directions

Cut the fruit into small pieces. If they are too dry feel free to soak them in water for a few hours before starting the recipe. The banana and honey serve as a binding agent in all three recipes. Mix all of the ingredients together. The dough-like mixture is now ready to be rolled into round energy bites. Once you have rolled the mixture into tiny balls you can roll them in the coating of your choice - cocoa powder, sesame or poppy seeds – which decorate the energy bites while bringing them that little something to cut your craving for sweets.

(Source: www.yoga-et-vedas.com)

5. Scrumptious oatmeal, walnut butter and coconut bites

This energy bite recipe is particularly delicious and nutritious.

Ingredients (makes 15 energy bites)

  • 1 cup oatmeal (preferably gluten free)
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup walnut butter (or other nut of your choice)
  • ⅓ cup ground flaxseed
  • cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Cool in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Roll the balls out. Refrigerate for 30 more minutes before serving. Bon appétit!

(Source: www.deboucheatable.com)

6. Matcha green tea energy bites

The matcha green tea energy bites are a great source of energy that have wonderful detoxifying powers. They are a perfect solution if you want a delicious snack that also helps cleanse the body. Matcha tea may be rather expensive (approx. €20 for a small jar) but if you only use it for this recipe it will last a long time.

Ingredients (makes 10 – 15 bites)

  • 1 ¼ cups dates, pitted
  • 1 ¼ cups ground almonds
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup matcha green tea powder
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • Grated coconut
  • Liquid vanilla extract

Directions

In a food processor, blend the dates and ground almonds until the mixture holds together. Add the almond milk, cocoa powder, matcha tea and a few drops of vanilla extract. Roll out the dough into little balls, sprinkle them with grated coconut and they are ready!

(Source: http://blog.myvirtualyoga.com/en/)

Energy bites are an ideal and nutritionally balanced snack for getting an energy boost at any time of the day. They can also be served as a dessert. Both adults and children love them! These recipes are quick, easy and are suitable for all different types of diets, including: vegetarian, vegan and raw diets. These energy bites are also gluten and lactose free, making them easy to digest. You can also mix up your choice of coating by using cocoa powder, grated coconut or a wide variety of seeds (chia, hemp, poppy, etc.). They keep well in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator. So when are you going to give these recipes a try?

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