Homemade Energy Bites from Sarah Trimble Nutrition
14 February 2018
Every week in February as part of the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Health Month, Sarah Trimble Nutrition will be providing expert nutritional advice & recipes to help support your marathon training. WEEK TWO: Sarah shares her Homemade Energy Bites recipe to help fuel your marathon training....
Homemade energy bites
These energy balls are a great carbohydrate rich snack, they are suitable to have before you set off on a long run or they could also be used as a source of energy when you need to refuel to keep going on longer runs as race day approaches.
Makes 16 bites
300g (10oz) almonds or walnuts
250g (9oz) soft ready-to-eat or Medjool dates
2 – 3 tablespoons water
½ – 1 tsp cocoa
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break them up. Process for 30 seconds until the ingredients have broken down into crumb-sized pieces. Scrape the edges of the bowl and the blade if necessary. You may need to add a little extra water if the dates are quite hard. Continue processing for another 1-2 minutes, until the ingredients clump together and form a ball.
Press into a thick square, roughly 18 cm x 18cm in size on a piece of cling film or baking parchment. Wrap and chill in the fridge for at least an hour (this is optional) then slice into bite-size pieces. Store in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to three months.
The dough can also be shaped into small balls. Refrigerate until firm.
Sarah Trimble is a BANT and CNHC registered nutritional therapist based at Framar Health Belfast. Sarah also works as a member of the teaching staff at the UK College of Nutrition and Health.