As a dancer, and constantly on the go, I’m always looking for something I can nibble on, that wont’t bloat me (not a good look in a leotard) but sustains me and leaves me feeling completely re-energised. These babies do just the trick, they’re so quick to make, easily portable, and so delicious. I love doubling the batch and keeping them in the freezer so I have a constant supply of energy bites.
The caramel tone of the medjool dates mixed with the rich cacao and the nuttiness from the cashews and pecans blend together to make the most divine raw bites of chocolate-fudgy goodness. They are also really high in protein from the nuts, so not only do they make you feel fuller for longer, they are a brilliant pre- or post-work-out snack, and just a brilliant addition to your diet. You can boost the nutrient stakes even higher by adding your favourite superfoods: My favourites are desiccated coconut, chia seeds and cacao nibs!
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup pecans
1 cup medjool dates
1/4-1/3 cup cacao powder (how rich you like it)
1/3 cup oats
2 tablespoons goji berries
Start by grinding the cashews and pecans in a food processor, until a chunky crumb. Add the medjool dates (make sure they’re pitted) and cacao powder and blend until a sort of raw dough forms.
Add all the other ingredients and blend very briefly to evenly distribute the goji berries and oats. Scrape out of the blender and press into a baking tray. Leave in the fridge to set for around 15 minutes (longer if the mixture is slightly warm) and then cut into bars!
Keep in a tupperware, and any you don’t think you’ll eat in the next week you can freeze.