Quick nutty energy bites

It's nice to be back from a very quiet weekend away in the Scottish Highlands and a week of celebrating my 28th birthday! This year's very different to the last 10 birthdays where this is the first year where I didn't have a party! I guess you can say I've learnt something after a decade ;-) I did drink copious amounts of Prosecco and ate lots of good food. To get myself back into the swing of things, I thought I'd do a batch of nutty energy bites - a well-loved snack in my office. I've made many different versions of these (some of which are definitely not pleasing to the eye, hahaha), and these, so far, are the best ones. For about 16 bites you will need:

1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp linseed
2 tbsp chia seeds
30g pumpkin seeds
30g salted pistachios, roughly ground
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted



It's easy peasy... all you need to do is to combine all the dry ingredients EXCEPT the pistachios (which need to be roughly ground and set aside in a bowl) and select the grind (or 2) setting on your food processor and blitz away! It is up to you how fine or how chunky you want yours to be. I like mine with a bit more texture.

Then, transfer the ground dry ingredients into a bowl. You then need to fold in the coconut oil, honey and peanut butter into the mix. The mixture will be quite heavy and sticky but keep going until everything is well-combined. It should look something like this:

Once you're happy with the mixture, cover the bowl in cling film and leave the mixture to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Afterwards, carefully divide the mixture by spooning out roughly a tablespoon of mixture and roll it into a ball with your hands. Roll the ball into the bowl with ground pistachios and put in an airtight container for later, or plate it up. Repeat until you run out of mixture. It should look like this (apologies for the very poor presentation haha)...

I guarantee this is the perfect pick-me-up between lunch and breakfast, and even after a run, yoga class or any other physical activity! Hope you enjoy!

Hungry for more,
The Academicook