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Nutty Energy Bites Recipe

Ingredients for people

  • Whole almonds : 300 g
  • Pecan nut(s) : 150 g
  • Cashew nut(s) : 100 g
  • Dried date(s) : 300 g
  • Orange juice : 500 ml
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder : 50 g
  • Black sesame seeds : 50 g
  • White sesame seeds : 50 g
  • Red chilli powder : 0.5 Tsp
  • Ground cumin : 0.5 Tsp
  • Ground cinnamon : 0.5 Tsp
Method
  • 1For the Nutty Energy Bites

    Pre-heat the oven 180'C.

    Place the dates, orange juice, powdered chili, ground cumin and cocoa powder in a pan.

    Bring to a simmer, and stir constantly to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat when most of the liquid has been absorbed by the dates.

    Spread the nuts on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven for about 8 minutes, or until they just begin to turn golden.

    Place in a food processor, and puree the dates until nearly smooth: a few chunks are okay. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

    Place the roasted almonds in the food processor -no need to wash the bowl out- and coarsely chop the almonds.

    Add the chopped almonds to the date, and mix thoroughly.

    Place the mix in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes: the bites can be shaped straight away, but they are easier to handle if the mix is chilled.

    When ready, start forming bite-sized balls: you may want to oil your hands with vegetable, olive or coconut oil to minimize sticking.

    Roll in the sesame seeds. And refrigerate until needed. They will keep for about a week in an airtight container.

  • 2Healthful facts

    Both cinnamon and chilli are known to help regulate blood sugar levels by preventing spikes caused by hyper-glycemia (high sugar levels), and may contribute to controlling diabetes.

    On the other hand, ongoing research on cumin shows that it may help regulate blood sugar levels by preventing hypo-glycemia (low sugar levels).

Chef's tip

«You can substitute the dates with other dried fruits: cranberries, raisins or figs would also be very tasty.»

These rich energy bites are a great snack for any time in the day. They are just sweet enough to please a sweet tooth, but are high in fibre and other nutritious goodies to keep you satisfied for a long time.

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  • Preparation  15mins
  • Cooking time  10mins
  • Rest time  1hr

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