Video: How to Make Energy Bites

Video: How to Make Energy Bites

Energy bites are one of my all time favourite recipes, I make them almost every week and I can’t imagine life without them! When I’m feeling tired these are my go-to snack, they give me so much energy and make me feel awesome – so they’re perfect if you’re looking to fight off that four o’clock slump! These bites are the easiest things to make – you literally just throw everything together in a food processor and whizz it together for a minute or two. They last a good three weeks in the fridge so you can make lots at the same time and keep you fridge stocked with goodness for ages! That being said I have a tendency to eat them all in a day or so if they’re in my fridge, as they’re just so delicious, so I often store them in the freezer so that they don’t call my name every time I open the fridge door! I’ve made a little video to show you how to make these beauties, hopefully it will inspire you to make these a big part of your life too.

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  • Meg

    You have totally read my mind this afternoon! Came home from work thinking about making these and saw your post!! Thanks for great inspiration always!

  • Meg

    Wow! I’ve just come home from work dreaming of making these and voila its on your blog today! Thanks for your fab inspiration x

  • Jo simmons

    Hi! Finally got your book and love it! Made 5 recipes so far. Choc brownies and lentil bolognese were a bit of a disaster but I’m totally blaming myself! I don’t think, for the Bol, I used enough water and I forgot the sun dried tomatoes which I guess are the thing that add the flavour??? And the choc brownies not sweet enough – maybe need more syrup? LOVE the porridge and squash and avocado salad!!!!
    My TOP TIP is when using butternut squash or sweet potato don’t borher with peeling and chopping just put in a hot oven WHOLE for 30-40 and voila!!!! All soft and easy to chop!!!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jo, yes definitely add the sun-dried tomatoes to the bolognese next time as they give it a lot of the flavour. For the brownies, the dates should make them pretty sweet but add some more maple syrup if you want them a bit sweeter. Hope they turn out delicious! X

  • Jb

    Can u freeze the lentil bolognese?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes you can freeze it! X

  • Monochrome Roses

    These look delicious! definitely need to try them out xx

    http://www.monochromeroses.blogspot.co.uk

  • Domenico

    Hi…is it possible to have subtitled videos? Thanks!!! :-)

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Domenico, this isn’t something that I do at the moment but will possibly be looking into it. Have a lovely day x

  • Pat Woodruff

    Where do you buy your cacao powder, maca powder, chia seeds etc in the UK? It was so much easier when I lived in California! Thanks.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Pat, you can buy them from Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Amazon or your local health food store. X

      • Pat Woodruff

        Thanks Ella. I will check them out. Did not know there was a Whole Foods here!

      • Pat Woodruff

        Thanks Ella. I will check them out. Did not know there was a Whole Foods here!

    • Wizzcatzrescue Fletcher

      Detox Your World is another good place.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Jo, yes definitely add the sun-dried tomatoes to the bolognese next time as they give it a lot of the flavour. For the brownies, the dates should make them pretty sweet but add some more maple syrup if you want them a bit sweeter. Hope they turn out delicious! X

  • Clare Banks

    Hi is there a alternative I could used instead of the coconut as I have a allergy? They looks so yummy

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Clare, you could try using almond oil instead. However if you have a nut allergy you could try sesame or olive oil however I don’t think they will taste the same! Have a lovely day x

    • Clare Banks

      Thanks, will try a nut oil,( I’m fine with all nuts expcept coconut ) I have walnut oil ? so might give that a try

  • Rebeca

    Love your energy bites! They’re the perfect snack after a workout, and they taste so decadent that people are always surprised when I tell them the ingredients.
    I also wanted to say your book arrived yesterday and I’m so impressed! Of course I was expecting wonderful recipes, but I love everything about it! I made the lentil bolognese and it was incredibly delicious. I’m looking forward to making more of the recipes, I’m just having trouble choosing which ones. 😉 Thank you for your wonderful work and congratulations on your very deserved success!

  • Dawn

    These are realllllly good. My 9 year old daughter loves them…. and she’s fussy.

  • Rebecca

    Hi Ella,
    Do you cover them with a lid or foil when you put them in the fridge or do they stay ok uncovered? Just wondering if you have problems with them drying out. Thanks!!

  • Dianne

    Hi Ella. I don’t like chocolate – cacao powder. Can I use something else? They sound so healthy.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Dianne, you could try moringa which is another great superfood powder! X

    • kay amb

      Maybe you could try using carob powder?

  • Audrey Noulo Wong

    Is there a way to make these without a food processor?:)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Audrey, you really need a food processor or at least a blender otherwise the dates won’t be able to break down! Ella x

    • kay amb

      Hello Audrey, i have not tried this exact recipe but i have been making energy balls/raw chocolates for a while. You don’t necessarily need a blender. A pestle and mortar can be used to crush up chopped nuts and seeds and you can just squish the dates up with a fork. The important point here is what dates you use! I get the fresh variety that come boxed from my local asian shop, they are super sticky and soft and perhaps quite a bit sweeter, but they work really really well and a little goes a long way! Hope this helps :)

      • Audrey Noulo Wong

        Thank you so much! Will definitely try that later:)

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Rebecca, there is no need to cover them. You can also store them in the freezer too. If you are worried, you could always put them in an air tight tupperware. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Clare, yes walnut oil should work fine! Hope they turn out delicious! X

  • Lucy In The Sky

    Hi Ella, I think you have linked to the wrong recipe above, as your video is for the Ultimate Energy Bites, but the link you put above the video is for Boabab Energy Balls so the ingredients are different to the ones you are using in the video? I mention this because I was just wondering if it is Boabab powder that you use for the energy balls, and do you use organic powder? Thanks, Lucy

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Lucy, thank you for letting me know, I will have a look at that now. I don”t usually add boabab powder to the energy bites. I like to add a superfood like cacao or even hemp powder. If I were to use Boabab powder I always buy it organic, usually from Organic Burst or Aduna. Have a lovely weekend. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Lucy, thank you for letting me know, I will have a look at that now. I don”t usually add boabab powder to the energy bites. I like to add a superfood like cacao or even hemp powder. If I were to use Boabab powder I always buy it organic, usually from Organic Burst or Aduna. Have a lovely weekend. X

  • Jo simmons

    Just to update I made the bolognese with the right ingredients this time (ha!) and yes total delicious!!!!!!!

  • Wizzcatzrescue Fletcher

    I coated the energy bites with coconut! mmm! mmm!

  • do ra

    Hi Ella I just made the energy bites but one spoon of coconut oil wasn’t enough to make ut all sticky and I ended up with total o 3 spoons. 6 balls were gone before the freezing step :-) We love them ♡

  • hannah

    Hi Ella, I’m allergic to pollen and so I get allergic cross reactions from nuts, seeds and most uncooked fruit and veg (Pollen Food Syndrome or Oral Allergy Syndrome). Any tips for suitable healthy recipes or good ones to adapt? Thanks.

  • Anna Ringheiser

    I’m obsessed with your lip color!!! Where did you get it?

  • Jessica

    Hi! Is there an alternative way to make these without nuts? I am allergic :(

  • Alex Ritchie

    Hi Ella,
    Your book has arrived! :) I’m just stocking up the larder and can’t seem to find any tins (or otherwise) of coconut milk that don’t contain e numbers. Which brand do you use and where do you get it from? Thanks Alex

  • Dianne

    Hi Ella, So you could use hemp powder instead of the Cacao powder? Still taste the same? Thanks ella. I love your blog.

  • http://www.tiarahelen.blogspot.co.uk TiaraHelen

    Hi Ella
    Got your lovely book last week and my sugar monster daughters are even up for trying some of the recipes! I have a question about these lovely looking treats – do you think they would work with prunes instead of dates? I am in my fifties and prunes are supposed to be really good as a preventative of osteoporosis…

  • Debsmith

    These are a super way to use the almonds left over from making almond milk!

  • Vivienne

    I have bought the book and loving the simple easy to make recipes – so a BIG thank you! One question is I hate dates could I substitute with prunes?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, I’ve not tried it with prunes but I think that they’ll work too but won’t taste as sweet! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Dianne, cacao powder provides the chocolaty taste which is very different to hemp powder. I would stick with cacao powder for this recipe. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Alex, I use a brand called Biona which you can find on Amazon or you can find it in your local health food store. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Jessica, you could use pumpkin seeds instead! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Anna, I actually don’t wear lipstick I just use a natural lip balm. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Hannah, have a look through the recipes on my blog, app and in the book to see which are suitable for you. A lot of my recipes include nuts and seeds so have a look through and see what you can have. Have a lovely day x

    • hannah

      Thanks. The quinoa crispy treats look good.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Vivienne, you could try using prunes instead. I’ve not tried it with prunes before. It may change the consistency of the recipe but I hope it turns out delicious! X

  • Grace

    Hi Ella, can I use dried figs instead of dates as they are a similar texture and quite sticky! Thank you :) x

  • Vik

    Hi! Just a question I love that all recipes are so simple… but you use a lot of nuts in a lot of recipes. They are really fatty… anything I can substitute them with?

  • ellawoodward

    You could use pumpkin or sunflower seeds instead. Nuts are full of protein and wholesome nutrients! Have a lovely day x

  • Jules VanHees Cruz

    These are fabulous!!!! YUM!! Thank you!

  • Carly Reagon

    Hi Ella, love your new recipe book. I notice you use quite a lot of coconut oil. I’ve tried to research this but there seems to be so much conflicting information on whether it’s really good for you or really bad for you. I suspect you’ve researched this a lot more than I have, so thought I would ask you views on this. Thanks! Can’t wait to cook some more of your recipes …

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Carly, there is a whole blog post about coconut oil on the natural beauty section of my blog. X

  • Ellie

    Hi, I’ve just received your book – I love it already :) Can you advise as where to buy the often used medjool dates? I live in Airdrie just outside Glasgow, haven’t seen them in the supermarkets and unsure of the best online source? Please help, wanna start making so many of the delicious date recipes!! Thank you

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Ellie, I know that they sell them in Sainsbury’s. You can also order them online at Amazon. Have a lovely day x

  • Alison Thomas

    Hi Ella, the energy balls sound amazing but I am allergic to coconut. What do you recommend as an alternative. Thank you. Alison.

  • Katie Sparrow

    Hi Ella! I was wondering whether you could let me know the measurements for the energy bites in grams rather than cups? I don’t think I got the measurements exactly right when I made these! Thanks very much in advance

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Alison, you could try using almond or walnut oil instead! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Katie, the gram measurements are in the book. It’s 200g almonds, 400g Medjool dates and the rest is in tsp/tbsp. Hope you love them! X

    • Katie Sparrow

      Thank you!! x

  • Angela

    Hi I love your book, I have made a couple of recipes (Classic stir fry – delicious: and the Roasted Squash, Avocado and Rocket Salad – we don’t eat Olives! – also delicious) and my husband loves them as much as I do. We’re now stocking the cupboard to make other recipes. Can’t wait to make the Energy Bites. So glad you got better. (So glad I caught your interview on Radio 2 too!) Thank you.

  • Teri Spain

    Hi Ella, I cannot eat dates, prunes, fruit etc. Can you suggest anything else that will make this mixture stick, I am not worried about them not tasting as sweet. Many thanks.

  • Maria Frowde

    I love these!! I could go as far as saying that i’m probably a bit addicted to them… made a batch last week for the first time and then made 2 more since!! looking forward to trying the oat bars you posted recently. thanks!! :o)

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Teri, I’m really sorry but the dates are pretty vital in this recipe to bind the mixture together as there is no good enough substitute! X

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Kelly, this isn’t something I know too much about, sorry! X

    • Teri Spain

      Thanks Ella and just to say your recipes are just wonderful X

  • Agni

    Hi Ella one question, in this video you didnt use almond butter?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Agni, this version doesn’t contain almond butter but the updated version is in the book! X

  • Maria R Anon Vazquez

    Hi Ella! Can I use spirulina instead of hemp powder?

  • MOS69

    I just made these with the kids and they turned out really crumbly, and difficult to shape as just crumbled! Any ideas?

  • JennHGlos

    Hi Ella,
    I have really been looking forward to making these energy bites. I hate dates, all of my life, or so I thought but actually they are okay. I do not have a food processor, but a much smaller hand held creation. I made sure that I worked my nuts first in a pestle and after the second batch, put my coconut oil in first. It all mixed beautifully. The end result was okay. I made the balls, and I am pleased to say that my step son, who plays rugby, gave them a go and really liked them. I did put in more cacao powder than stated but overall this was a better taste. I shall be making more.Thankyou Ella. You are a real inspiration!

  • Alice In Weddingland

    These are ridiculously yummy! Every mother should be making these every week for the kids! They are simply put, pure little balls of delight! And so healthy too! I use dates and apricots as the base!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Maria, yes sure, I’ve never tried it with spirulina so I’m not sure how it will taste! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, perhaps you need to add more coconut oil to help stick the mixture together! X

  • Laura

    Hi Ella,

    I am slightly allergic to dates – they just always bother my mouth! Even knowing that – I still made these and of course loved them but they still bothered me. Is there anything that I can substitute for the dates or any other similar recipes that just don’t use dates? Thanks!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Laura, the dates are realy vital to the recipe as they help stick and bind the mixture together. You could try using prunes or dried figs instead. Have a lovely day! Ella x

    • Laura

      Thank you! I am also super impressed with your quick response (even though you are busy with your books and NY trip!) You are awesome :)

  • Pia Brune

    Hi – LOVE these and so does my kids – could you freeze these? – I like to roll mine in desiccated coconut – love good and tastes good! –

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Pia, yes they freeze well. So glad you love them! X

  • Christine

    Hi :)
    They look so delicious, I m gonna make them right away!!!
    What is the green powder you are using?
    Thanks a lot,
    Christine

    • ellawoodward

      It’s hemp protein powder. It’s an amazing plant-based protein. Hope you love them! X

      • Christine

        thanks a lot, can I substitute the hemp protein for something else. here in shanghai its prohibited and if want to import its crazy expensive :s

        • ellawoodward

          Yes you can use any other protein powder or omit it all together. There is a blog post on my favourite superfoods which you may find useful! X

          • Christine

            Thanks a lot!

  • Susan Linn

    Hi Ella, These look wonderful and I’ll try them out for sure. The one thing that I will suggest is that you always remove the blade of your Cuisinart before putting your hand in! It’s one of those accidents waiting to happen, and it’s easiest to just get it out and not think about it again.

  • bernie

    Hi Ella, I don’t like chocolate so can I substitute the cacao for something else or do you have something similar to boost energy which doesn’t contain cacao? Thank you

  • bernie

    Hi Ella, I don’t like chocolate but love the idea of these, can you leave out the cacao or can you suggest a replacement or do you have something which will have the same energy boost?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Bernie, you don’t have to add the cacao if you prefer not to. You can add hemp protein powder instead to give it a protein boost and fuel you up with energy. Hope you love them! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sara, here is the written recipe for the energy bites. Hope you love them! http://deliciouslyella.com/the-ultimate-energy-bites-vegan-gluten-free-dairy-free/

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sarah-Mae, thank you for your message. I’m so happy you are loving the recipes, I hope you continue to enjoy them! Have a lovely day, Ella x

  • ellawoodward

    I am so happy to hear that you love the blog and app. The book will be translated in French, I will post about it on my social media once it has been published. Really hope you love it! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Katie, it really depends on what you’re doing during the day and what else you’re eating. There isn’t a set amount but I tend to have a couple a day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, medjool dates are my favourite as they are naturally so sweet and really soft too which makes them really easy to blend. The recipes can often turn out slightly different when using regular dates. If you are using regular dates, try soaking them first to soften them. You can find medjool dates in most supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose or even Amazon. So happy you love the energy bites! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Kayleigh, you could use hemp protein powder. Hope you love the recipe x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Dana, I think making a big batch and then freezing them is a great idea, I haven’t found that they lose their taste. Hope you love them! X

  • ellawoodward

    They can keep frozen for a while, I would say about a month! So happy you love them x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Ruby, you could try freezing them overnight however I have never tried this before. They should last well throughout the day if they are kept in an airtight sealed container/jar. So happy you love them! X

  • Jackie Tinkler

    Where are the recipes as I can only get videos many thanks Jackie

  • http://5pcncpt.com/ Anna Benz

    Hi Ella! I love your book and tried the energy bites first. They are so, so good! I added some cocoa flakes (just because I had some at home) and am enjoying the bites now. Thank you so much for all your energy and the recommendations! I also wrote a blogpost about those energy bites on my blog. It´s in German thought, but maybe you´d like to read see it anyway. Looking forward to more great recipes from you!!

    • ellawoodward

      So happy you love the energy bites – they’re one of my favourite recipes. I hope you continue to enjoy many more of the recipes! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    I am so happy you love these energy bites! They are the best for a quick energy boost and sweet treat! Hope you continue to enjoy many more of the recipes. Have a lovely day x

  • Pam Sawyers

    Looks great, can’t wait to try them.

  • Laura

    Hey Ella, wondering you can help….I really love the sound of your recipes, especially the breakfast ideas.
    I do find though that nuts and seeds can be quite expensive – do you have any recommendations on where best to buy them? Thanks so much x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Laura, Amazon is a great place to buy nuts and seeds in bulk as they work out slightly cheaper. Hope you love lots of the recipes x

  • ellawoodward

    Thanks so much for your kind message. I am so happy you’re loving the recipes and feel so much better on them too. I hope you continue to enjoy each recipe as you make them. Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Chrissy, I am so sorry to hear that they aren’t sticking. Are you using Medjool dates? This is really important as they are really sticky and sweet and the best kind to cook with! Be careful not to add too much coconut oil as this can make this mixture too moist and greasy x

  • ellawoodward

    I’m not too sure about food specifically for children but I don’t see why not. I would recommend consulting this with a nutritionist to be sure. So happy you’re loving the recipes x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Tori, you could try using pumpkin seeds instead x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Marie, you could definitely make these into square bar shapes rather than balls. I would stores them in an airtight tupperware container. Perhaps you could put baking paper in between each bar in layers so they don’t get stuck together. The granola bars, date and oat bars, sweet potato brownies, flapjacks and sultana cookies are all awesome recipes for quick bursts of energy and are easy to transport too! Wishing your husband lots of luck with the climb! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Emily, I use the Magimix 5200XL. You can read about all my favourite food processor recommendations here, hope you find them helpful! X http://deliciouslyella.com/kitchen-equipment-food-processors/

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Elise, I have and I think they work pretty well as a substitute. Hope they turn out delicious x

  • ellawoodward

    You can keep them in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week. I would keep them outside of the fridge for about a day or so in a sealed container, however they may go pretty soft! X

  • Anna

    Hi Ella! I wanted to thank you so much for your recipes. Those energy bites were one of the first ones i’ve tried out and I absolutely love them!!!! You are helping me so much overcoming an eating disorder and that’s why I want to thank you so much! Finally, I don’t feel guilty after eating, especially after sweet things. I’m so happy at the moment and loving my body at last which I haven’t done for such a long time. Can’t wait to try out all the other recipes on your blog and in the book!! <3 Greetings from Germany :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Anna, I am so happy to hear this, thanks so much for your kind message! These energy bites are my favourite, I absolutely love them too! So happy you’re feeling so much better and so positive, that’s awesome! Really hope you continue to enjoy lots of the recipes! X

  • ellawoodward

    That’s so exciting, so happy you’re both enjoying them! X

  • ellawoodward

    The recipe is in my book under almond and chia energy bites or you can find it here – http://deliciouslyella.com/the-ultimate-energy-bites-vegan-gluten-free-dairy-free/

  • ellawoodward

    So happy to hear you’re feeling so inspired! You can read all about my story in my book and watch all my Q&A videos and Recommendations videos on my YouTube channel which I think you will find really helpful! Hope you’re having a beautiful day! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJCAQHe4QIauovILB5oekA/playlists?view=50&shelf_id=2&sort=dd

  • ellawoodward

    I would use coconut sugar instead. Maple and date syrup are great natural sweeteners too x

    • gabriella fernandez

      thanks for the quick answers Ella! You’re awesome!

  • ellawoodward

    Pumpkin seeds would be perfect, hope you enjoy it x

  • Sarah

    Amazing. I prefer these of the energy ball recipes I’ve tried so far. I’ve just discovered your website. I know I’m going to be back for more. Thank you, these are lush and I can’t wait to try the brownies.

  • Heidi

    Hi, wanted to say I have just made these without the use of a whiz bang blender! I crushed the nuts in a bag (like you do with biscuits to make a cheesecake base), chopped the dates into thirds and then put everything in a bowl and gave it a whiz with my small hand blender. They turned out fantastic . Thank you so much Ella for making this reciepe so simple and utterly scrumptious

  • ellawoodward

    At the moment we have Sevenhills Hemp Protein powder from Amazon in the kitchen x

  • Vesna Ka

    wow! just made these are they are seriously good!!! didn’t have dates, so used figs instead, and few other adjustments, but it is still awesomely delicious. I’m not sure they can still be called healthy, cows nothing healthy tastes this good!

  • ellawoodward

    You can’t taste the coconut oil in these, but feel free to try replacing it with another nut oil or some olive oil. Yes it should be ok to omit the hemp protein, there is still lots of good plant protein in the almonds and walnuts x

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry the dates are pretty key to stick the balls together. Raisins would probably be the best substitute but they aren’t any good if you can’t have dried fruit x

  • Katie M

    Hi Ella, these look amazing! Is there a substitute I could use instead of dates? x

    • ellawoodward

      So glad you like the look of them. You could try with another dried fruit like raisins or dried figs, but I haven’t tried it myself so can’t guarantee it will turn out quite the same x

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry to hear this! I use green puy lentils. You can always cooking them for slightly longer too x

  • Tally

    I cook the lentils before in vegetable stock before adding them to the bolognese, it turns out perfectly :)