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.


  • KittyMama

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

  • ellawoodward

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

  • 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!!

  • ellawoodward

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

  • 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

  • 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 !

  • 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! =)