Energy Balls

Everyone knows that protein or energy balls is the latest trend to hit the high street. They are so many brands to choose from but they are so very expensive. If you are into physical fitness these energy/protein balls or bites as they are also called is ideal as a pre or post work out snack. Well you don’t need to pay a fortune for these snacks as they are so easy to make, all you need is a good food processor, a good investment if you don’t have one, you will still save money when you tally up how much shop bought will cost you. The good thing about making your own is that you choose your own ingredients, in other words, go with what you fancy no restrictions, you are the boss.

Having looked at so many (trust me I literally have) recipes online, I decided to come up with my own. If you have been reading my blog posts you will know by now that I add extra ingredients at the last second sometimes, what can I say I’m impulsive. Right enough of my writing let’s get down to making these little beauties, please note you don’t have to restrict yourself to the ingredients in my recipe, feel to add or omit at the end of the day its all about personal preference/taste.

As previously mentioned, the only gadget you will is a food processor.

To begin, have all your ingredients all laid out on your work surface. I have gone for ingredients with nutrients but delicious at the same time.

I started off by placing the dates into the food processor, pulsed it 3 times.

Then added the remaining ingredients

It will look grainy as pictured, continue until all the ingredients are combined. Once the ingredients have formed into a big ball.

Next take a piece of the mixture and roll into a small ball.

Continue forming balls until you have used up all the mixture.

You can make it into small or medium balls. Tip, wet your hands if you find the mixture too sticky.

ENERGY BALLS

Ingredients

Pitted dates

Goji berries

Peanut butter

Cranberries

Mixed seeds

Lemon juice

Grated coconut

Cinnamon

Method

In a food processor, place the dates, pulse 3 to 4 times. It should resemble a paste, add the remaining ingredients, pulse until they all stick into the processor. Remove the blade, wet your hands, take a bit of the mixture, form into a small ball, repeat until you have used up all the mixture. Put in the fridge for 20 minutes or eat straight away if you can’t wait. But it’s best if refrigerated as it will set properly.

The energy balls can be kept in the fridge for up to 10 days.

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Granola bars

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Following on from my post on

granola. Here is another must have on my eating list – granola bars. I must admit I don’t eat these often as I don’t want to OD on Granola. When I do make them it’s always a big batch some of which I freeze.
As I am sugar free I use a combination of Stevia, honey/agave.
There are so many online recipes I have saved loads on my Pinterest so I just switch to whichever one suits. As I can now ‘customise’ to my taste.

Mason jar ideas

You will recall I posted a picture of my mason jars.  Well there are many  ways  (apart from drinks) I  can use them. You ca n use sterilised ( see my
Post on compotes) jars.   Check out  the link below for lunch  ideas,  you can also use jars for  overnight porridge and deserts, basically  you can have beak fast and lunch on the  go.  You can make  meals ahead , salads can be made up to 2 weeks

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By following the  link above you will find other ideas on Pinterest.