Cinnamon and Nutella Energy Bits

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Cinnamon and Nutella Energy Bits

Cinnamon and Nutella Energy Bits are a very quick and simple recipe. If you watched my vlog on Tuesday there was a ‘How to make’ on these delicious little gems. They are easy to make and taste really good. The main ingredient in these bits, as well as cinnamon and hazelnuts, is dates.

Dates are a fantastic food, they are a great go-to snack if you need an energy boost quickly.  It has been scientifically proven that dates will give the body a boost thirty minutes after eating one. Who needs sweets when you have dates? My husband, Howard, loves his toffee and he often refers to dates as fruit toffee. They used to be my favourite snack but then my son and Howard started liking them too. I don’t mind as it seems to have stopped Howard from eating toffee. (Hee, hee!)

The bonus for me is that dates are nutritionally dense. They contain an amazing amount of vitamins and minerals that include vitamin B6, Niacin, folate (B9), riboflavin (B2) and vitamin K as well as magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper and iron. The health benefits of dates include constipation relief, cancer prevention, alleviating iron deficiency, anaemia and so much more.

These succulently sweet fruits, whether eaten fresh or dry, are great as a snack, an all-natural smoothie sweetener, a salad enhancer or can be made into a pre or post workout ‘datarade’. Simply blend dates with water. So much better for you than all the other energy drinks. Another brilliant place to try dates is in these Energy Bits. The cinnamon and nutella give the dates a fantastic texture and flavour. They are a super tasty nutritious treat and well worth a try.

Makes 24 – 30 bits

Equipment needed

  • Baking tray
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    Cinnamon and Nutella Energy Bits.

  • Scales
  • Clean t-towel
  • Food processor
  • Tablespoon
  • Spatula
  • Bowls x 2
  • Sterilised glass jar or tupperware box

Ingredients

  • Hazelnuts x 200g (with the skins on)
  • Raw cocoa powder x 2 tbsp (plus extra for dusting)
  • Maple syrup x 2 tbsp
  • Coconut oil x 2 tbsp
  • Almond Milk x 4 tbsp
  • Dates x 200g (soaked for about four hours)
  • Cinnamon x 1 – 2 tbsp

Method to make the Nutella

  • Turn the grill onto full heat and weigh the hazelnuts.
  • Place the hazelnuts into the baking tray and put under the grill.
  • Toast them for 8 – 10 mins or until the skins start to come off the nuts.
  • Once toasted, remove from the oven and leave to cool until you can touch them.
  • Place a clean t-towel on an empty work surface and put the hazelnuts on one side of the towel.
  • Fold over the empty half of the towel and rub the hazelnuts until the skins come off.
  •  Once all the skins have been removed, place in the food processor.
  • Add the raw cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil and almond milk.
  • Blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
  • It should take around 5 minutes to combine all the ingredients.

Method to make the Cinnamon and Nutella Energy Bits

  • To the Nutella add the pre-soaked dates and cinnamon.
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    Cinnamon and Nutella Energy Bits

  • Blend again. (It should go into a sticky smooth paste).
  • Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the paste from the food processor into a bowl.
  • In the other bowl add the extra raw cocoa powder.
  • Grab a piece of the dough and roll into a ball.
  • Then roll in the cocoa powder until it has all gone.
  • Place the balls into a sterile jar or tupperware box.
  • Store in the fridge for a few weeks.
  • Or place in the freezer for up to six months.

These bits will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks if you don’t eat them all at once or in the freezer for six months. They are a great on-the-go snack or I like to have them occassionally as a sweet treat after my dinner. I used to always have dark chocolate after dinner but now I’m gluten intolerant I prefer, every now and then, to have one of these bits. Delicious and well worth a try. However you decide to eat them, as always, please enjoy.