If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I love food!
And I also like a sweet treat now and then 🙂
In an attempt to create “cleaner” healthier versions of foods, as a way to not feel deprived, I love to see if I can make dairy, gluten and sugar free versions of different things. Sometimes it works – sometimes it doesn’t!
This is how I do it….
1. Decide what I am in the mood to create
2. Throw a bunch of ingredients into the bowl
3. Taste it and if it seems ok, test it out on Mr Z
4. If we both like it then I might do a further taste test out with Zest Bootcampers as they are always VERY honest!
5. Type up the recipe properly for me to keep and to share if I’m feeling generous 🙂
Luckily these “energy balls” seemed to go down pretty well so here is the recipe:
Actually that was my scribble as I made another version (not photographed) so here is the recipe in full
1 cup of dates
1/2 cup of dried apricots
2-3 tablespoons of (sugar free) nut butter e.g. peanut, almond or cashew
1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
vanilla powder or vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon of chia seeds or ground flaxseed
Blend everything well in a mixer then make small round balls in your hand and leave as they are or coat in sesame seeds as I did in the photo or you could try desiccated coconut.
This makes 10-15 balls depending on size.
Store in fridge (or freezer if you want to make them last).
Just realised these are also raw and vegan as well as being dairy free, sugar free and gluten free (just no good if you are allergic to nuts)
These are perfect when you’d like a sweat treat and great for kids too. They contain good fats, natural sugars, some protein and fibre too but like any treat you don’t want to eat too many otherwise your jeans will get tight!
I do also have a COOKBOOK with 90 recipes that are gluten, dairy & sugar free – 30 breakfasts, lunches & dinners that the whole family will love – plenty of customers have told me in the past.
For any of you in Bath who would like to exercise outdoors with like-minded people to improve your fitness, health, body shape, energy levels and to feel more positive and happy – then why not join our next 4 week bootcamp that starts on Monday 29th September. You can come for a trial week to see what you think – find out more here
Have a great weekend