Wednesday, 13 January 2016

raw carrot cake energy bites - a healthy treat & shopping

I walked for hours yesterday and realised that shopping as a physical activity is totally underrated. If you’re anything like me you’ll most likely visit your favourite shops and look at every single item at least twice, pick up an armful (in case someone else takes the last one in your size) and then only when you’re satisfied you’ve not left any nook or cranny unexamined will you assess the armful of clothes and accessories – which let me tell you can become an arm workout once you lug them around a giant store long enough. You’ll decide you didn’t really want half the items you’ve been carrying and put them back and finally join the soul-destroying long queue.

So those hours of walking did have a purpose. I’ve decided to make a few changes in my life recently. I’d be lying if I said I’d be giving up cakes and fries forever or even temporarily, but at least alternating those treats with healthier options make me feel a little better. These raw carrot cake energy bites are packed full of goodness and will firmly keep you on track for your new 2016 health regimen. There’s no added sugar, dairy, or fats and they are gluten free (I double checked and oats are generally gluten free).

You have carrots and soft juicy dates for sweetness, almonds for some healthy fats and protein and coconut and spices for extra flavour. You know I’m a sweet fiend so if I find these satisfying I’m pretty certain you will too. These carrot energy bites do give you energy so they’re perfect for when you’re on the go! I even took some along with me when I was out yesterday for my mid-afternoon sweet craving. They do actually taste like carrot cake so it’s a winner in my book.

Ingredients (makes 16-20)
4 small sized or 3 medium carrots (about 100g once shredded)
100g soft pitted dates
100g ground almonds
75g desiccated coconut, plus more for rolling
1 tsp mixed spice
½ tsp cinnamon
25g rolled oats

Peel and grate the carrots and roughly chop the dates.

Add all the ingredients to a food processor along with the spices and blitz until a coarse paste is formed.

Remove the mixture and form into small bitesized balls and coat in the reserved desiccated coconut.

Chill at least a couple of hours before enjoying 2-3 as a healthy snack. Keeps well refrigerated for upto a week. 

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