The ultimate energy bites: vegan, gluten free, dairy free

The Ultimate Energy Bites

The ultimate energy bites: vegan, gluten free, dairy freeThe ultimate energy bites: vegan, gluten free, dairy free

These energy balls are filled with all the most amazing super foods in the world – almonds, walnuts, hemp protein, flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut oil, raw cacao, cinnamon and medjool dates.

They really are little bites of perfect health. Although of course they are unbelievably delicious too!

The ultimate energy bites: vegan, gluten free, dairy free

The most awesome thing about all of these  ingredients is that they’re almost all totally packed with all kinds of awesome plant proteins, hemp protein being the richest sources of plant protein available, which means they give you buckets of energy and keep you bouncing around all day long. I love having one for breakfast with my blueberry and banana smoothie to ensure I start the day in the most delicious, healthiest way possible! They make an amazing afternoon pick-me-up too, way better than any chocolate bar. Make some on a Sunday night to keep in your fridge all week, that way when you get a snack attack it won’t upset your heathy eating!

The fun thing about these though is that they really are just as delicious as any chocolate bar. I know that sounds ridiculous, but trust me on this one – I was a sugar addict once too! The subtle hints of raw cacao totally satisfy your chocolate cravings anyway, while also giving you one of the best, richest sources of antioxidants,  even better than berries! This subtle chocolatey-ness combines so perfectly with the nutty almonds and walnuts, the creamy coconut , caramel tasting dates and spicy cinnamon to create such an amazingly wide range of insane flavours that will just melt-in-your-mouth! Amazing.

They also only take 3 minutes to make and require almost no washing up, which is always fantastic!

The ultimate energy bites: vegan, gluten free, dairy free

Makes 15 – 20 balls, depending on size

- 1 cup of medjool dates

- 3/4 of a cup of almonds

- 3/4 of a cup of walnuts

- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds

- 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed

- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon

- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

- 1 tablespoon of hemp protein powder

- 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

- 1 tablespoon of water

The ultimate energy bites: vegan, gluten free, dairy freeThe ultimate energy bites: vegan, gluten free, dairy free

Start by placing the almonds, walnuts, ground flax seed and chia seeds in your food processor. Blend for 1 minute, until the a flour forms and the nuts have crumbled.

Then add the remaining ingredients, pitting the dates before adding those. Blend for another minute until a stick dough forms.

Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls, place in a bowl and store in the fridge.

Bite and enjoy! Just try not to eat them all at once!

  1. lisakell

    On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, Deliciously Ella wrote: > Ella Woodward posted: ” These energy balls are filled with all the most amazing super foods in the world – almonds, walnuts, hemp protein, flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut oil, raw cacao, cinnamon and medjool dates. They really are little bites of perfect health. Although of c” >

    Reply
    1. Ella Woodward

      I think I would leave it out rather than substitute and just use an extra spoon of ground flaxseed instead, it won’t alter the taste at all and the extra flaxseed means the texture will stay the same too. Hope that helps!

      Reply
    1. Ella Woodward

      Hi Maya. They will turn out perfectly without the coconut oil as they’re already nice and sticky thanks to the dates so you may not need the olive oil. I would blend everything else together and see how they are and then decide whether or not to add a touch of olive oil for extra moistness. Let me know how they turn out! :)

      Reply
  2. Pingback: Banana Bread Energy Bites | Deliciously Ella

    1. ellawoodward Post author

      So glad that you love the look of these! Sadly I’m not sure that the switch would work as Turkish apricots aren’t as sticky and the stickiness of the dates is what holds the balls together, although I could be wrong and it may work! Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      Reply
  3. nicky

    WOW!!! Just made these and they are DElicious My very first attempt at raw food and I’m hooked. Sweet potato brownies are next on the list :)

    Reply
      1. nicky

        And I made some more today with a good chunk of fresh ginger and swapped one of the Tbsps of cinnamon for Mixed Spice. Very zingy :D I love cooking but discovering raw food and your RAWmazing recipes is the most excited I’ve been about food in a long time. Thank you for being so inspirational :)

        Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      I don’t soak them but you absolutely can, you just need to put them in the dehydrator or the oven at a really low temp (like 40C) so that they become hard again!:)

      Reply
  4. Pingback: Deliciously Ella’s Ultimate Energy bites: gluten free, vegan | it comes naturally blog

  5. Pingback: Nytt år, nye muligheter – 2014! | Milla Brox

  6. kate

    These are an absolute revelation! I’ve made them twice over the last few weeks, they have become a fridge staple. They really do taste so good… and I am a self confessed chocaholic!

    The first time I made them I didn’t have ground flax so I left it out, and I substituted the cinnamon for 1 tablespoon mixed spice. They tasted divine. The second time I used mixed spice again, but also added a teaspoon of organic vanilla extract. Again, totally yummy. I also found that I needed about 2 tablespoons of water to make the mixture come together.

    A great recipe that you can modify a little depending on what you have on hand.

    Thanks Ella!

    Reply
  7. Christy

    These look delicious but I don’t really like the taste of walnuts. Will the recipe work using only almonds? Or cashews in place of walnuts? Thank you!

    Reply
  8. deb griell

    I love, love, love these little balls of mouth watering heaven. I roll them in coconut, delicious. Thanks for your great recipes beautiful girl!

    Reply
  9. Pingback: A week of Vegan – Recipe Roundup – WE Feb 8 2014 | My Pretty Distractions

  10. Zineb

    Hi Ella !

    I really like ur blog and I feel really inspired. I want to start to eat clean not necessarily for loosing weight but I’ve been eating unhealthy food and not really happy.. How did u start eating healthy ? Do u have any tips for me to start and keep eating clean ?

    Can’t wait to try many of ur recipes that look absolutely delicious :)

    Reply
    1. ellawoodward Post author

      Hi. I’m so glad that you love the blog! There are lots of tips in the philosophy section :)

      Reply
  11. sam.gingell@gmail.com

    Hi Ella – Really looking forward to making these. I have a vanilla diet whey protein powder that I use after I workout – will this be suitable to use instead of hemp protein powder?

    Reply
  12. Lorraine

    Hi Ella

    Just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying your website! I started off with the energy balls and now they’re an instant staple in the fridge!

    Thought if I eased myself in with sweeter stuff and go from there. Really loving making these recipes. Honestly can’t see myself going back to normal chocolate/sweets/crisps etc!

    Thanks! xx

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>