Maca Cacao Bites
- 130g nuts of choice. I used a mixture of cashews, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts in the ones pictured
- 1 ½ tsp maca powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 tbsp no added sugar chocolate drops
- 2-3 tbsp water
- 2 ½ tsp cacao powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp protein powder (soya bean, pea or whey work well)/ rolled oats gluten-free if required)/coconut flour
- 100g dried dates, roughly chopped
- 3 tsbp goji berries
- 3 tbsp puffed quinoa / rice crispies / whey protein crispies
Have you ever bought a ‘healthy’ snack bar and been disappointed to find it is not actually healthy and instead packed with sugar and additives and tastes like cardboard? Well here’s a solution: make your own! With the help of a food processor or blender you can whip up your own tasty treats in under 15 mins.
These snacks are free from refined sugar and can easily be made gluten-free and vegan. What is more, despite the initial outlay for ingredients, these work out to be inexpensive compared to shop-bought varieties. These bites also freeze well and if popped in a pretty box or jar, they make a lovely gift.
I love slicing these up into bite-sized squares but if you prefer, you can slice these up into larger bars. These make super healthy portable snacks or make delicious petit fours after a meal when you just want something a little sweet.
These maca cacao bites are packed with nutrition, flavour and texture. You wont be disappointed! They are crammed with nuts, cacao powder, dates, chia seeds, goji berries and no added sugar chocolate drops.
You can boost the protein content with optional puffed quinoa (or whey protein crispies for a non-vegan alternative), alternatively, rice crispies give a lovely crunch. You can further boost the protein content by adding protein powder (plant-based varieties like soya and pea work well as does whey for a non-vegan alternative) or simply add rolled oats (gluten-free if required) or coconut flour instead.
- In a food processor, add the nuts, cacao powder, maca powder, protein powder/oats/coconut flour and pinch of salt. Pulse to a flour-like consistency.
- Add the chopped dates, chia seeds, goji berries, chocolate drops and puffed quinoa/rice crispies/protein crispies.
- Add 2 tbsp water and mix to bind the mixture together. Depending on the dryness of the dates, you may need an extra tablespoon of water.
- Press the sticky dough into a lined baking tin to a height of about 2cm high.
- Leave to set in the freezer for about 2-3hrs before cutting into squares.
- These squares keep well chilled in the fridge for about 2 weeks and also freeze well. Enjoy! (I just press the mix to one end of a rectangular baking tin!). Level with a spatula.