It seems like everywhere I go I see something labelled as a “superfood”. I don’t buy into it. I think all natural, plant-based foods are “superfood’s”. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans and legumes, yup, they’re all fantastic for the body. Some foods though are very useful for certain health conditions, while others are incredibly full of antioxidants. These are usually the foods that get labelled as “superfood’s”. I’ve labelled this recipe with the term “superfood” because everything in this recipe I’ve seen labelled as a “superfood”. And every ingredient is natural, plant-based, loaded with antioxidant and many are helpful for specific health conditions (e.g. amla powder for cancer).
Enough about labelling food, let’s get down to where my inspiration for this recipe came from! Every Christmas my mom makes chocolate truffles that are similar to these. The truffles she makes though are extra sweet and delicious, a truly special Christmas treat. Since I love them so much I wanted to recreate the truffles into a treat I could enjoy everyday and feel good about. These little bites are not overly sweet, but just sweet enough to satisfy a craving in 2 bites! The only source of sweetness in these beauties is medjool dates. That’s right, no sugar, no maple syrup, no agave, no nothing, just dates. Sweet and chewy with a slight caramel flavour, medjool dates really are natures candy! Here they are before they’re rolled in unsweetened shredded coconut:
Superfood Energy Bites
Soft and chewy chocolate bites, rolled in sweet coconut and loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- 6 medjool dates, soaked for at least 30 minutes in boiling water
- 2 tbsp soaking water from dates
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp walnut pieces
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 3 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp amla powder
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp lucuma powder
- unsweetened shredded coconut, for rolling (approximately 1/3 cup)
- Add all seeds, nuts and powders to a high power blender and blend until the nuts and seeds are powdered.
- Add the soaked dates and 2 tbsp of soaking water to blender.
- Blend until a thick, sticky dough forms. It’s okay if a few chunks of dates remain.
- Remove dough from blender and roll into bite-sized balls. Keeping your hands slightly wet with cold water will make it easier to form balls.
- Roll balls in coconut, chill and store in fridge.
- Indulge whenever you need a treat!
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UPDATE! This recipe has been shared at Wellness Weekend.