Writing this blog post feels very old-school. Back when I started the blog in 2015 recipes for energy balls were everywhere and nutri-bullets were blitzing and blending non-stop around the country. Back then, I was so into energy balls that I took to batch making them and packaging them in fancy boxes with ribbons and gifting them to friends. Peak energy ball behaviour right there.
In the full knowledge that the Internet does not need another recipe for energy balls, but because I particularly like these ones, I’m sharing this recipe anyway. I’m also re-naming them bites not energy balls, just because I think bites are as good a name as any for them.
I am back in “make-my-own-treats” territory and one of these little bites is pretty much all I need to keep me satisfied in between meals or to hit any sugar craving on the head. Fully appreciating that the sugar in the dates is still sugar, I find that eating one of these doesn’t unleash a craving for more sugar like so many other sweet treats do. Best include a disclaimer that you guys might think differently and eat the whole lot in one sitting and if so I hope you love them and enjoy every last bite (bite, not ball!!).
Over the years, I've accumulated a few kitchen gadgets capable of whipping up energy balls, but I find a food processor works best. When it comes to using a blender, a high speed one with a large container will work well, but bear in mind that with some of the smaller blenders you may need to split the ingredients and make these in batches. Theses don’t require baking. Instead pop them in the freezer to set. I prefer to keep them in the freezer allowing them a slight thaw before scoffing one. They don’t freeze rock hard and instead they go quite chewy. If you prefer a softer consistency, keep them in the fridge.
Scroll on for the recipe for these Cashew, Ginger and Lime Bites and as usual if you make them, please let me know what you think.
Cashew, Ginger & Lime Bites
150g raw cashew nuts
200g medjool dates (pits removed)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp cashew nut butter*
Juice of half a lime
2 tsp fresh ginger grated
Pinch sea salt
*almond or peanut butter can be used instead of cashew.
In a food processor or blender, blitz the cashew nuts until broken down into chopped nuts.
Add the remaining ingredients and blitz until the mixture forms into a sticky dough like consistency.
With clean hands, roll the mixture into small individual energy balls. This recipe should make 12-14 bites. Place in the freezer for a few hours to allow the energy balls to set before eating. Store in the freezer for a harder and chewier consistency. Or keep in the fridge for up to 7 days for a softer consistency.
Recipe note: Depending on how large and powerful your food processor or blender is, you may have to split the ingredients and make these in batches.