One thing I have learnt is that everyone loves a chocolate treat regardless of what diet they may be following. Whilst I try to focus the majority of my recipes on more nutrient dense, whole food dishes I know that you all love a treat or two. It is important to treat yourself every now and again (I am a big believer in balance and the 80/20 approach) and I know chocolate fills that gap for many people so step forward my recipe for chocolate orange energy bites.
Luckily this recipe for chocolate orange energy bites is packed full of fruit and nuts and flavoured with natural ingredients making them the perfect option to satisfy any sweet cravings without consuming any refined sugar or hidden nasties. They are perfect for treats or as a pre or post workout snack. You could even add a scoop of protein powder to the mixture (there are some good Paleo/plant based options now available).
I love the combination of chocolate and orange so is the first choice for me every time. You could also add lime or lemon to keep on the citrus theme as the zestiness works well to compliment the richness of the chocolate. In this recipe I have used orange extract for the flavouring, you need to make sure that you use a brand which doesn’t add any sunflower or rapeseed oil or other fillers . You could use grated zest and a squeeze of the juice if you preferred (just reduce the coconut oil slightly if adding the juice to the mixture). A hint of chilli would be interesting or just enjoy them as plain chocolate energy bites.
I finish off my energy bites by rolling in cacao powder; I love the additional bitterness that this provides but you can just leave them plain if you prefer or roll in some shredded coconut.
A few things to note for making your energy bites…
When you remove the mixture after blitzing it will be stuck together in clumps and will be gorgeously glossy and sticky. It looks divine and would taste amazing just eaten straight away but a little patience gets you an even tastier treat.
To help with the shaping of the energy bites I put the mixture into the freezer for 10 minutes. This allows it to set slightly and makes it easier to roll into balls. You should be able to roll the mixture in your hands without too much difficulty. If you find that the mixture is still a little sticky then you may want to wet your hands first as this will help you to roll and shape the truffle bites.
Once the energy bites have been coated in the cacao powder you can put them into the freezer again if you think they need to set a little more (just 5 – 10 minutes will be fine) then put them into the fridge. If they are still quite firm after rolling they can just go straight into the fridge; store in an air tight container and they will be fine for 7-10 days if you have any left by then.
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Servings: 18-20 bites
- Blitz all the ingredients together to form a rough mixture. You are looking for grain like pieces but it should still have some bite.
- Taste and add more cacao powder for a more intense chocolate flavour if desired.
- Place the mixture onto a small plate and flatten down; place into the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up.
- Place the remaining cacao powder onto a plate or shallow bowl. Set aside.
- Line a baking tray or plate with greaseproof paper. Set aside.
- Using your hands take a small section of the mixture and roll into a ball. Roll in the cacao powder, tap off any excess and place onto the baking tray. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.
- If the energy bites need to firm up a little then place back into the freezer for another 10-15 minutes. Otherwise you can place in the fridge in an airtight container.
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