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Banana Bread Energy Bites

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When I tell anyone about the way I eat one of the first questions they ask is what do you snack on?   Snacking can be tricky with a totally clean lifestyle as basically all shop bought snacks are out, however the list of what I snack on is still so long and so delicious – dates and dried figs dipped in almond butter, fruit and veggie juices, deliciously creamy berry smoothies, homemade hummus and crudités, tangy guacamole with flax chips, cheesy kale chips, raw brownies… the list goes on forever. The thing about all of these awesome snacks though is that they aren’t very on-the-go friendly – eating guacamole on a bus isn’t always a very pretty site – which is where my energy bites come in. They are so delicious, so portable, so easy to make and so energising. I made some before with walnuts and cacao, which were so popular so I decided to switch it up a little and make a new version with banana, maca and almonds, three amazingly life giving foods, which combined with dates create the perfect banana bread flavour. I think you’re going to love these! I loved them so much that all 30 balls were gone within the first four days!

I’m sure you all know why bananas and almonds are so good for you with all of their awesome health-enhancing vitamins and minerals, especially plant protein, potassium, fibre. However, you may not know about the magic ingredient in these balls: maca, a superfood powder made from a Peruvian root. I’m pretty obsessed with maca at the moment, it’s making me feel awesome and I’ve been drinking it in my smoothies almost everyday. The best thing about this wonderful superfood is that it gives the most amazing energy boost, which is why it’s so perfect in these balls. But that’s not it’s only selling point – it also contains all the essential amino acids, which means that it’s a plant-based source of B-12, an important vitamin that can be missing from vegetarian diets. On top of this it’s a great source of calcium, magnesium and iron, and is even known to help balance your hormones. So it’s a serious superfood, one that we would all benefit from eating, and these bites are the most delicious way to do that!

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Makes about 30 bites

- 2 cups of almonds

- 2 cups of medjool dates

- 2 over-ripe bananas

- 1/2 a cup of ground flaxseed

- 3 tablespoons of maca

- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds

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First place the almonds in your food processor and blend for a minute or two until they break up and start to form a flour like mix. Then gradually add the pitted dates, peeled bananas, flax, maca and chia as the mix continues to blend. After a few minutes the mixture should be smooth and sticky, at which point the balls are ready to be rolled.

Simply use a teaspoon to scoop up a batch of the dough, then roll it in your hands to form a ball. Place the ball on a plate and continue doing the exact same thing until you’ve used all the mixture. If you want to add goji berries or chia seeds to the outside then roll the balls in either before placing the plate of bites in the freezer for a couple of hours to set before enjoying. Store them either in the fridge or freezer.

  • http://itcomesnaturallyblog.wordpress.com Emily – It comes naturally

    I can be found most evenings trying to carefully eat veggies with homemade hummus, or guacamole while going home on the train. I always dread someone sitting next to me :-) These sound fab!

    • ellawoodward

      So happy it’s not just me who eats hummus and guacamole on trains! :)

    • Carol

      I notice most of your recipes call for medjool dates. If we are using a different date, is there any adjustments needed?

      • ellawoodward

        Hi Carol. I use medjool dates because they’re the stickiest so if you’re using another kind then make sure they as sweet and sticky otherwise recipes like these ones don’t work :)

  • Tara

    Looks really tasty! One question though, where do you get your medjool dates from? They’re so expensive and you only get about 6 for £3 so things start costing a lot of money if they have a lot of them in (like 2 cups!). I’m guessing you can’t use ordinary dried dates as they won’t blend well? Thanks!

    • ellawoodward

      I buy mine from tesco where you get about 12 for 2 pounds, not sure if you are in the UK though. Dried dates are too hard so sadly won’t work in these

      • Hannah

        If you put dried dates in a saucepan, cover them with water and simmer them for 15 mins, they absorb the water and become very sticky! You can then blitz them in a blender to a paste. I’ve just done this and it works really well.

  • Veronique

    These sound so delicious! Glad I found your blog!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, so glad that you love these and the blog!

  • Veronique

    These sound delicious! Glad I found your blog.

  • Laura

    I currently don’t have any chia seeds but want to make these now! Look so delish, is there anything I can substitute?

    • ellawoodward

      You can just leave out the chia seeds, they’re not essential at all :)

  • Melissa

    Hey Ella. Thank you for your delicious recipes. I just finish making this Banana Bread Energy Bites. They are delicious. Greetings from Puerto Rico.

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you love the recipes and these bites! Thank you!

  • cass

    Ella, these look fab! I was just brainstorming some “energy ball” ideas tonight while I’m working night shift! I will definately try these when I get home next week :) Thanks for always sharing such amazing recipies and also giving extra info on the nutritional benefits on ingredients :)

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, so glad that you love the look of these! Hope you love them when you make them!

  • Francesca

    How long are these ok for before they go bad?

    • ellawoodward

      They’ll last a month or so if kept in an air tight container in the fridge :)

  • http://nutritionstripped.com/ McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped

    These look beautiful and delicious!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much!

  • jacquigood@thistlebegood.com

    Just joined your mailing list yesterday and the first thing I get is the beautiful sounding recipe – thanks! Your images are beautiful too – great job! Thanks, look forward to your ideas j x

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you’ve signed up to my mailing list and that you love the sound of these! :)

  • yuri

    Hi Ella i love your recipe Banana Bread Energy Bites but in mexico is dificl find this season datiles only in december you think you can replace them with dried cranberries and raisins or give me an alternative, would love to make this recipe as healthy for my babies, Thank you for your attention and to create this beautiful site and share with us your nutritious recipes now declare myself a fan of your blog
    Happy Day

    Yuri

    • ellawoodward

      Sadly dried cranberries and raisins aren’t as sticky so the recipe won’t stick together in the same way. Can you find dates online? I’m so sorry that I can’t give an alternative! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  • Carly

    Can you use ground almonds instead of blending?

    • ellawoodward

      The texture works better here with blended ones but ground ones work too :)

  • http://www.foodiebaker.com Jasline @ Foodie Baker

    Hi Ella, the bites look amazing! I will feel a lot less guilty when I snack on them :)

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you! I hope you love them, guilt-free snacking is the best!

  • Heather

    Ella, I just finished making these and they are gorgeous!! I can’t tell you how happy I am I found your blog. Clean & lean eating has turned my life around….snacking is the hardest bit but these will be a staple I can already tell :) thank you!

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you loved these so much and that eating this way has had such an awesome effect on your life, it’s amazing to hear! I totally agree that snacking is the hardest but it’s awesome when you have snacks like these!

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  • Linzi

    Ooooo…another treat to try!!!! We discovered Maca about a month ago and love it so will def give these a go :)))

    • ellawoodward

      Hope you love them, they’re on of my favourite snacks!

  • Lia

    Love love love your blog! Amazing recipes and photos with easy instructions! Keep up the good work.

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love the blog!

  • Jessy Erceg

    Hi Ella!!
    I was just wondring if there is anything you can substitute for the medjool dates?
    My family is really picky and doesn’t like them!

    Thank you :)
    x

    • ellawoodward

      Sadly not as the dates stick the recipe together. You can’t taste them though! x

  • Jill

    Wonderful website and I love your recipes. I had however a weird experience with maca. I included a bit on my cereal for a few days and had the most violently horrid scary nightmares! Totally unusual for me. It wasn’t until a few weeks later I thought to stop the maca and as if by magic, the nightmares stopped. I presume it is because it is a stimulant – I have reintroduced it since as the health benefits sounded so huge but the same thing happened so I would urge people to try a tiny amount to see whether it works for you :)

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  • Shauna

    Hello, I do not have a food processor but have been using my blendtec for your recipes, which works great, except with dry whole almonds! Those are so hard and do not break down unless soaked first. Would almond slices work too for this or do you have another suggestion? :) If I try slices to see if the blender can handle those, is 2 cups still okay? Thanks! I have been loving your recipes :)

    • ellawoodward

      I’m not sure to be honest, I’ve never tried with sliced almonds!

      • Shauna

        I tried with 2 cups and it works great! =) I guess other recipes that call for less just to break them up a bit doesn’t work well. Glad this does, yay! =)

  • Rach

    Hi Ella,

    I saw you on ‘Sunday Brunch’ this morning and the brownies you were making looked yum. So I went to the shop, grabbed some ingredients and whipped me up a batch of these! They are Awesome! Trying not to eat the whole batch though as i don’t want to be too ‘regular’ tomorrow! Shall be trying more of your recipes soon. Thank you!

    • ellawoodward

      So pleased you like them and hope you enjoy more recipes soon!

  • Or

    Hey Ella,

    Thanks a lot for sharing your amazing recipes, I love your website! Absulotly one of my favorites. I tried this recipe and it was delicious, that really inspired me to try more similar recipes as this makes the best healthy snack solution. Do you make energy balls using tahini with date syrup or honey? Or can you please share if you have an idea for that? Thank so much :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hey, I am so pleased you like the recipe! You can definitely use all of those things – you can’t go too wrong with energy balls, just don’t use too much liquid. You can experiment with seeds, oats, dried fruit, fresh fruit…!

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  • http://nanahana.blog.me luna

    Hi Ella :)
    What if i cant get flexseeds? What would be substitute for it ?
    I have chia seeds n sesame seeds… thx xx

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  • KittyMama

    Unbelievably fantastic! My new favorite treat! Would I be able to switch it up and use cherries somehow?