Davina here - We are delighted to share this guest post by our friend Lydia Feast. Recently I went to my good friend Sophie's baby shower and Sophie's sister Lydia turned up with this most amazing gift - these homemade energy bites for Sophie's labour. They were beautifully presented in a jar with a label made by her young daughter. I knew at once that I should ask Lydia to share this on the blog.
Lydia is a jewellery artist and mother to two year old Asha Mali. She lives by the sea in Portsmouth, Hampshire with Asha and her husband. Lydia has a great passion for raw, clean, plant based food and enjoys living as healthy a life style as possible.
Labour gift: 'Energy In A Jar' - Almond and Chia Energy Bites by Lydia Feast
My sister's second baby is due any day now and I have been thinking about what would be the perfect labour gift for a tired busy mother about to bring another baby into the world. I thought these almond and chia energy bites would make the perfect gift for when she's in labour and after the baby is born.
These little balls of goodness are packed with nature's most natural ingredient so nourishing for the body and full of healthy fats and protein to keep your energy levels balanced throughout the day (and possibly night too if you're in labour!) They taste incredible and once you start eating them it's difficult to stop yourself from eating the whole lot! They taste so good in fact, it's hard to not forget that they are also really good for you. My two year old daughter goes crazy for them to the point were I have started storing a batch in the freezer so every time we open the fridge door we don't eat them all up!
The basis for this recipe is from my favorite cookbook at the moment called Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward. This book was recommended to me by a friend when I started embracing a gluten free, refined sugar free, plant based lifestyle for my family. It's a really inspiring book. Since starting a family and feeding a growing developing toddler I have become really interested in nutrition and healthy clean eating and this book is a perfect start.
Ella states in her book "Deliciously Ella is not about being hungry or deprived. It's about counting goodness not calories. It's about nourishing your body with real, whole foods so that you are consistently happy and energised, and can live life to the fullest. After all isn't that what life is all about?"
These energy bites really sum up Ella Woodward's food philosophy and are totally and utterly delicious! I have changed the recipe slightly by adding hemp protein to make this labour gift that bit more energising but you could also try adding other super foods which would also be perfect for labour such as Maca (used by Inca warriors before going into battle to increase their strength and stamina), Spirulina (which is a fresh water algae packed with iron, calcium magnesium, vitamin E, zinc, B vitamins and many more) or Baobab (from a fruit tree in Africa extremely rich in vitamin C for a instant immune boost) to give even more goodness to each bite. You can also try swapping the almonds for any other nuts you may have like pecans, walnuts or brazil nuts. I have also rolled each ball in a different topping for added goodness, texture and crunch and to make this gift look even more aesthetically pleasing.
Of course there are many other occasions these bites are perfect for: they make the perfect toddler snack, great for long walks, running and cycle rides (tricycle rides in our case!) and very handy for after swimming so you don't end up visiting the vending machines for that instant sugar hit that will make you feel even worse a few hours later! And of course just perfect for a summer picnic!
This recipe makes about 20 balls (you can double the amounts to make even more if your food processor is big enough. I have a Le Mini Plus Magimix and find this quantity is the perfect amount to not over load the processor.
You will need:
- 1/2 mug almonds (100g)
- 1 mug Medjool dates (200g)
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp powder
- Start by putting the almonds in your food processor and blend for about 30 seconds, until they're nicely crushed.
- Then pit your Medjool dates and add them along with all the other ingredients along with 1 tablespoon of water. Blend until everything is mixed well together and is all nice and sticky.
- Roll the mix into balls and then roll in the toppings of your choice. I have used desiccated coconut, sesame seeds, bee pollen, chia seeds, ground almonds.
- Place in the freezer for an hour to set and then store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. They last for ages and all the ingredients can be found in any health food store.
- Happy eating and sharing!