It’s summer, and for me that means biking. Lots and lots of biking. This year I’ve started leading for a women’s beginner mountain bike group. While it’s been tons of fun, it’s also been pretty time consuming. Hence, not a lot of time has been spent in the kitchen recently.
I did however spend a bit of time experimenting last week, to come up with some energy bites I can bring with me biking. I love things like Larabars and Stinger energy chews. But I find they can become pretty pricey if you’re buying them frequently. I made these Peanut Butter Larabar Bites many times last year. But I wanted something a little different to try this year.
These chocolate coffee energy bites are similar in concept, but with a little more flavour. Flavour wise, I think these almost taste like the base of an Eatmore bar plus a hint of coffee. Texture wise you get a fairly malleable “dough” (for lack of better word). I pressed this into a pan and cut into squares, but you could also roll into ball shaped energy bites if you want.
- ½ cup almond butter
- 400 g soft medjool dates, pitted (approximately 25 large)
- 3 tbsp instant coffee
- 3 tbsp cocoa
- Combine all ingredients in bowl of a food processor.
- Process for 3-4 minutes, (stopping to scrape down if necessary), until you have a uniform mixture. (If it clumps up into a big ball in the bowl, that's okay). You will want the mixture to hold it's shape, so if it seems too soft, add some extra dates and process until combined.
- Next, line an 8 x 8 baking pan with two sheets of criss-crossed parchment paper. See here.
- Chill in freezer for approximately 20 minutes, or until firm enough to cut.
- Remove from pan using parchment "tabs" and cut into desired shape. (I did 36 squares)