This is the easiest thing you’re ever likely to make, and it’s great for boosting energy and filling you up when you hit a slump. Like the rest of the world, I made a resolution to be fitter for 2015 and the one thing I’m struggling with 3 weeks in is keeping my energy levels up during the day. It’s usually around 4pm that I reach for something chocolatey and wash it down with a coffee. Now that I’ve got a fresh batch of these in the fridge, I know I can rely on a pick-me-up without the fat and refined sugar.
These little oaty balls are an amazing substitute for your usual afternoon snack, made up of a base of soft dates and oats so you know you’re going to be getting all sorts of goodness! I used a dollop of honey and a tablespoon of peanut butter to bind them together – and as I’m a chocoholic I threw in some left-over Christmas chocolate to satisfy my unruly cravings.
You can literally use any ingredients you fancy on top of the dates and oats. Rice Crispies are really yummy for adding some crunch, and chopped nuts will add texture too.
Once you’ve got all your ingredients together, all you have to do is throw them in a blender. Make sure you’ve got seedless dates otherwise you may have to invest in a new blender. The softer the dates, the better. I blended the banana and dates together first, and then added the rest of the ingredients.
Once they had blended, I transferred them to a bowl, added a few more oats and started to shape them. I recommend putting them in the freezer for ten minutes to set, before moving them to the fridge.
I am literally addicted to cake, biscuits and chocolate – like seriously it’s a real problem – but I can honestly say that just one of these little bites satisfies my cravings. If you’re on a health kick but still want to indulge every now and again – try these! I promise you won’t regret it.
Do you have a healthy recipe you love? Leave yours in the comments I’d love to try it.