Another deliciously healthy recipe from our newly published book ‘Energy Bites’. We absolutely love these granola balls. The children take them to school, Will takes them to work, they even make a gorgeous gift in a ribbon-tied bag!
You can experiment with different nuts and dried fruit, they’re dairy-free, gluten-free, free of refined sugars and can be baked or eaten raw. Brilliantly versatile and seriously yum…
'Energy Bites' - Superfood Granola Balls
- 100g (3½oz) blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 50g (1¾oz) maple syrup, rice syrup, or raw honey
- 50g (1¾oz) coconut oil
- 100g (3½oz) rolled oats
- 25g (1oz) pumpkin seeds
- 25g (1oz) sunflower seeds
- 25g (1oz) chia seeds
- 50g (1¾oz) flaked almonds
- 25g (1oz) ground almonds
- 25g (1oz) raisins
- 25g (1oz) goji berries
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1–2 tsp acai powder or baobab powder (optional)
- Put the blueberries in a pan with 1 tablespoon of water. Bring to the boil and simmer until the blueberries are really soft and squishy. Add the maple syrup and coconut oil and heat through until combined.
- Combine all the other ingredients in a big bowl. Add the blueberry mixture to the dry mixture and stir until well combined. The mixture will be sticky. Divide into 16 evenly sized portions and roll into balls.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour before eating raw.
Alternative: You can also bake these bites. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan/350°F/Gas 4). Place on a large baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool and serve.
Recipe by Homegrown Kate www.homegrownkate.com
You can buy ‘Energy Bites’ in bookshops, on Amazon or on the DK website. Published by DK on 15 January 2016, £6.99. DK.com. A fabulous collaboration with established cookery writer Annie Nichols and gorgeous photographs by Will Heap.