I have been really busy with a combination of homework for my course and getting Michael ready to go back to sea. And more importantly, I have been outside in the garden preparing it for this year’s fruit and veg crops. Oh, and I have had to go to work as well! So I have another no-bake treat for you this week. Which can sit in the fridge and chill while you are working away. And when they are ready they can boost your energy and help you keep going. Let me introduce you to my Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Nutty Date Energy Bites.
Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar-Free.
These healthy lemon poppy seed nutty date energy bites are so healthy its ridiculous. They are dairy free making them completely vegan. And with one simple swap, certified gluten-free oats for regular oats make these gluten-free. And to top all that off they are also completely sugar-free.
The naturally sweet Medjool Dates give these energy bites all the sweetness they need which is perfectly offset by the lemon in these. Don’t worry there is no nasty sour lemon flavour going on here. Just a fresh zesty little kick.
They are also packed full of healthy ingredients that will more than fill that gap between meals without any of the guilt. Oats (remember certified gluten-free if you need them to be), raisins, chia seeds, poppy seeds, pecans and peanuts. Each of these ingredients is healthy and packed full of good things for you. Omega-3, fibre, calcium, magnesium, iron, protein and vitamin B-6. Don’t forget the punch of Vitamin C from the lemon. Seriously these healthy lemon poppy seed nutty date energy bites should be certified a health food!
So is anyone else preparing their gardens and greenhouses for the coming Summer and Fall? So far I have my early tomatoes on the go and going strong. A couple of pumpkins for the fall. Some cucumbers, courgettes, sweet yellow bell peppers. Garden peas and sugar snap peas. Oh and some Spanish and wild garlic and purple sprouting broccoli (which is just about ready to be harvested!).
On the fruit side, I have strawberries, Saskatoon’s, figs, apples, pears and lemons. I’m really excited, I have had my pear tree for a couple of years now and this is the first time it has been completely covered in blossom so fingers crossed it produces some fruit this year.
But I can’t complain I found it in a garden centre a few years back and it was nothing more than a frost burnt twig. That they were selling off for pennies. There really wasn’t much hope for it. But after a few years of tender loving care, I now have a healthy small tree.
Unfortunately, Scottish climes are not hot enough for me to grow dates or nuts, even in a greenhouse. Especially one that is not heated. So I won’t be able to make my healthy lemon poppy seed nutty date energy bites with homegrown produce which is a shame but you never know my meyer lemon tree might fruit and I can at least then use homegrown lemons.
Giving up the Sea has certainly made growing my own fruit and veg a lot easier now. As I am no longer required to spend 8 months a year away from home. Not that I am complaining but I am definitely enjoying the benefits of working a more ‘regular job’. Even if I don’t get to travel like I used to, but then again one sailor’s port kind of looks like any other sailors port in the world.
It also makes blogging so much easier as well 😀 but it does mean I am always looking for new and exciting things to add into my lunch boxes. And these healthy lemon poppy seed nutty date energy bites certainly fit that bill.
So as you can see these healthy lemon poppy seed nutty date energy bites are really easy to make and so worth it. Tasty and healthy and they are great lunchbox additions as well.
I hope everyone else is also managing to get a few things done in the garden no matter how large or small it is, for tasty Summer and Autumn crops 😀
Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Nutty Date Energy Bites
- 150 grams pecans (1 and 1/4 cups)
- 150 grams peanuts (1 cup)
- 200 grams medjool dates (17 - 20 whole dates)
- 100 grams raisins (3/4 cup)
- 2 lemons - zested & juiced
- 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 2 tablespoons chai seeds
- 5 tablespoons gluten free oats
- 100 grams chopped mixed chopped nuts (1 cup - optional)
- Boil a kettle of water and place your pecans and peanuts in a heatproof bowl and cover them with the boiled water for 15 minutes.
- While the nuts are soaking de-stone your dates if they need it and chop them up into quarters.
- I have quite a small food processor so I had to make mine in two batches but if you have a large one then you can do it all in one batch.
- Pulse the date quarters until they are almost a paste, add in the raisins and pulse again.
- Then add in the lemon zest and lemon juice and pulse until you have a pretty smooth paste. Don't worry if it is not perfectly smooth, mine wasn't.
- Drain the soaking nuts and give them a quick rinse then add them into the date mix and pulse until they are well mixed into everything. Again don't worry if you don't have a smooth paste, a little texture is nice.
- You may find that your mixture is a little dry, this will fully depend on how ripe and sticky your dates are if you are finding the mixture to be a bit dry and difficult to pulse add a few tablespoons of cold water to help it along.
- Finally add in the poppy seeds, oats (certified gluten-free if you need them to be) and chia seeds and pulse for a further 30 to 60 seconds until they are well incorporated into the mixture.
- Scoop the mixture into a bowl and roll it into balls. You can choose the size that suits you best. I went for golf ball size ones and found this to be perfect. This mixture will make somewhere around the 24 to 26 in number, again depending on size.
- Finally, place your mixed chopped nuts in a dessert bowl and roll the balls in them so they get a nice coating. Then place them in the fridge to chill and set a little for at least 2 hours. This time will give time for the oats to soften a bit and the chia seeds to soak a little of the moisture up.
- Kept in an airtight container in the fridge these balls will last up to 7 days.
- Remember to keep these gluten-free you must use certified gluten-free oats.
- If you only have a small food processor like me it is better to make these in 2 batches so you can pulse the ingredients properly.