These delicious energy bites are made using antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, nuts, and dried fruit. Perfect for eating on the go or taking on long walks and hikes, these simple snacks are great for trips, ready for when you need a boost.
This recipe is really quick and simple and requires just two ingredients. No advanced culinary skills needed.
You can choose to add extra ingredients to this recipe if you like. We've tried this recipe and love adding a little salt for a savoury kick or a teaspoon of maple syrup or cinnamon for a more indulgent flavour.
Why Dark Chocolate is Good for You
Dark chocolate contains several compounds with antioxidant properties, such as flavanols and polyphenols. Scientific evidence demonstrates that cocoa flavanols can improve cardiovascular and cognitive health. These antioxidants are also good for us by neutralising free radicals (the day-to-day pollution we encounter) and preventing oxidative stress (ageing and defence against diabetes and Parkinson's).
Some research suggests that dark chocolate may also lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation and insulin resistance, and improve brain function.
Generally, dark chocolate contains far less sugar than milk chocolate or white chocolate. The higher the percentage of concentrated dark chocolate you choose, the less sugar and the more cacao solids that bar will contain; we recommend opting for anything over 70 percent.
High in energy, dark chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, both of which will boost your energy levels. Eaten in small quantities, dark chocolate can aid a balanced, healthy diet, and a handful of these energy bites are the perfect portion size for a quick boost of energy.
We recommend taking these small energy bites on your next walk or eating a couple before your next workout or run to power your exercise.
- 50g dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts and dried fruit (approx. 50g), or ready-mixed trail mix
Makes: approximately 20 bites.
Approximate nutritional value per bite (depending on which types of nuts and seeds you choose):
28 Calories, 1.6g Fat, 3g Carbs, 1.8g Sugar, 0.15g Protein.
You can either choose to melt your chocolate in a microwave or a bain-marie. We've tried this recipe using a bain-marie to melt the chocolate on a hob, but it's entirely up to you! It won't make a difference to the finished result.
- Add your chocolate to the bowl and start to melt over a low heat. Be careful not to make your pan too hot, or your chocolate will start to burn.
- Keep stirring until all of your chocolate has melted to a smooth consistency.
- Roll out a piece of baking paper and spoon out small quantities of the chocolate. They should be around 3-4cm wide, like small discs.
- Add your trail mix or mixed seeds to the top of your chocolate bites. Press them into the chocolate slightly so they are secure.
- Leave your energy bites to cool for around 50-60 minutes, or place in the fridge to speed up the process.
- Once they are cooled and have set, you can remove them from the baking sheet. Store them in a container to take on your next walk or as a pre-workout snack.
Have you tried this recipe? Let us know what you thought in the comments.