Banana Bread Energy Bites

Banana Bread Energy Bites

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!

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

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.


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  • luna

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

  • KittyMama

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

  • Pamela

    Hi Ella!
    What an amazing recipe!!!! I only had some difficulty in rolling the balls, as the dough was very sticky. Is there a trick for this?

  • ellawoodward

    You can always add a little extra dry ingredients if that helps

    • Pamela

      Thank you so much for your reply.
      Please continue the great job! You are a true inspiration.
      Take care!

  • Barb

    I’m wondering what suggestions you have to replace the Maca?

  • ellawoodward

    You can leave out the maca if you prefer

    • Barb

      Okay – thanks!

  • Lisa | Mummy Made.It

    I have a visual image of you eating guoc on the bus and it makes me giggle!!

  • gabriella

    Just made a batch and had a little taste before letting them set. Yum! Great for a post workout (& pre!) snack. Thanks!

  • Samantha Hobbs

    Hello Ella. I was just wondering whether pecans could be substituted for almonds as I’m intolerant to them. I’d be grateful for any suggestions. Many thanks. Samantha

  • ellawoodward

    Hey Samantha, yes! I think pecans as an almond substitute would work well here :) x

  • Nat Rock

    Hi Ella, I made these and managed to leave some (ate most of them!) in the freezer while I went on holiday. How long will they last if they have only been in the freezer (not moved to the fridge)? Many thanks.

  • jessica

    Added 2 teasoons of cinnamon…really amazing flavour. Also used quinoa flakes instead of chia seeds and ground linseed instead of flax. Worked really well, great snack for a sweet tooth!

  • Sarah Noat

    So, after trying the cacao bites, I tried these. My husband (who hates chocolate) tasted them and absolutely loves them. At last a healthy snack for him too ! Thank you Ella, your recipes are really what I was looking for. x

  • Abby

    Hi Ella, has heaps of ripe bananas so made a load of these – delicious! I rolled mine in coconut. Mmmmm… How many do you normally snack on as an afternoon tea? I could see myself getting carried away and eating the whole lot in one sitting!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Abby, it really depends on how I feel and what my body is craving, I don’t have a set amount! So glad you love them! X

  • Karen Woodroffe

    Hi Ella I don’t have any macca powder can I put hemp protein powder in these?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Karen, yes hemp powder would work well too! X

      • Karen Woodroffe

        I havn’t got any Hemp yet but I’ll use them next time. Made a batch of these, seemed to make Lots so again Ive frozen them, tasted a couple this morning and they are BRILLIANT !

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Hannah, you can buy medjool dates in most supermarkets such as Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s. You can also buy them online in bulk from Amazon which works out slightly cheaper. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sarah, so sorry but I don’t have the calorie information as I much prefer to focus on the goodness and nutrients in the ingredients rather than the calories. Hope you love them! X

  • Raenu Handa

    Hi Ella. I am getting into clean eating and love the look of your recipes. Is there anything I can use instead of nuts as I am allergic.

    • ellawoodward

      You could try using pumpkin or sunflower seeds instead. Hope you love the recipes x

  • Amy

    Hi Ella, I was wondering if you could use ground almonds instead of whole and skip the blending step?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Amy, yes that should work too! Hope you love them x

  • Ashley

    Hey Ella! Would subbing almond meal work in this recipe? And if it would, how much should I use.

    • ellawoodward

      I imagine that it would work well too, but sadly I have never tried it before so I’m not too sure about the exact quantities x

  • ellawoodward

    Yes extra chia should work really well! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Anabel, I get most of the ingredients like this online from Amazon, or my local health store, Whole Foods or Planet Organic. You might find this blog post helpful!

  • ellawoodward

    You really need the maca in this recipe as it has a really rich flavour and is so nutrient dense! You could try using baobab instead however I have never tried it in this recipe before. Hope you love them! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Kelly, so sorry to hear this. I have actually never come across this before so it’s not something I know too much about. If you are concerned I would recommend consulting this with a naturopath or nutritionist for expert advice. I know that maca can have an affect on hormones which may be a factor. hope you keep up your healthy journey! X

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry to hear this! You really need a series food processor get the mixture really smooth. Here’s a post on all my favourites! Medjool dates also help as they’re super soft and sticky compared to regular dates!

    • Swanny

      Thanks Ella – I think I need to invest… I live in Dubai so Medjool dates are readily available, fresh & delicious – I always use them!!

  • Liz Brewer

    Hey Ella, I popped into Mae Deli a month or so ago and you were serving some of your energy balls, but they were chocolate and orange flavoured and totally divine. Is there any chance you could share the recipe, or is it as simple as just adding some orange zest!! Thanks so much :)

  • ellawoodward

    I usually have about 2 or 3 at a time, but it can depend on what I’m doing that day and how I’m feeling x

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry I only ever cook with medjool dates. You could try with another type of date but the quantities will be different and they may need soaking in hot water to help soften them x

  • Sarah

    They probably won’t turn out the same/have the same consistency but I put honey in mine and I thought they tasted really good.

  • Gemma Gonzalez

    Hi Jessy!

    You can replace the dates for the same amount of dried figs. They even have more benefits for your health than dates. Here’s an article I found which explains why dried figs are soo good! =)


  • ellawoodward

    Hi Abby, it really depends on how I feel and what my body is craving, I don’t have a set amount! So glad you love them! X