Little Bites of Energy for Mummies
It's been a tough week of almost-three-year-old behaviour here at Clean Little Tummies. There have been tears and tantrums -- his and mine! The coldest day of the year so far, and we have major meltdown in the local high street because he refused to wear his coat. He wouldn't scoot to school, but when I put his scooter back in the garage he screamed for his scooter! You all know those days...We've all had them, no matter how in control everyone else may look, we know anyone with a toddler is only a broken breadstick away from a meltdown. And it is draining, energy sapping and exhausting. So, whilst a glass of wine would be nice, it might not be the best option mid-morning or just before the afternoon school run. I have a little energy bite recipe which is quick to whip up and might just rescue you from toddlers on the rampage!!
There are lots of recipes for energy bites and balls around with lots of different flavours, but today I'm sharing with you one of my favourites. It has my favourite food (cashews), as well some dinky little protein-packed chia seeds for a real pick-me-up to help get you through to teatime!
This is a very easy, two-step recipe with only a few ingredients, so it won't take up a lot of your time. Make a batch on a Sunday, get your Little Tummies to help with rolling them into balls if you like, and then pop them in the fridge ready for the week and those stressful moments when your toddler won't stop crying or your six year old starts to critique your choice of playground attire!
To make about 12 energy bites you will need
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1tbsp chia seeds
100g medjool dates
3 tsp honey
2 tbsp cashew butter
1 tbsp desiccated coconut for rolling (optional)
You can also add extra flavour by adding some cinnamon, but I prefer them without
What to do
In a food processor blend the cashews, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds until they are all crushed together
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it becomes a sticky paste
Roll the mixture into small ball shapes (it is a pretty sticky job!)
If using coconut, roll the balls in the coconut to cover and then place the bites in the freezer to firm up for an hour or so
Then pop them in the fridge in an airtight container
They will last in the fridge for up to two weeks
Enjoy and I hope they save you some from testing parenting moments!
Caroline & The Clean Little Tummies Gang xxx