If you know me you know I hate gluttony, its just one of my pet peeves, I’m all about moderation and eating a healthy diet that’s light on the planet; I want to leave behind a light footprint on the planet. As light as I can in this day and age. You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this, and why I’m talking about this on a date recipe? Well, it all started with Tim Noakes. Man, I don’t know the guy, but boy do I dislike him. If you don’t know who he is he created the banting diet. A diet I feel is not environmentally light and is just really damaging to the planet. After receiving a cookbook of this guy as a gift and trying to see if there is actually anything I would make in the book, I just got more irritated. I’ve made a few banting recipes for my parents in law who are on this diet, and I just hated it. Its so heavy on dairy and meat, it even made Carl sick when he ate it. I mean 3 cups of cheese, mixed with another cup of soft cheese all mixed in with an insane amount of eggs and just to top it all off lets just add a truck load of meat, I don’t know if its just me, but that does NOT sound healthy to me. I mean, hello cholesterol? As I was flipping through this cookbook, wondering whats wrong with this guy, I came across a date ball recipe. I stopped because you know I didn’t think date balls required a lot of ingredients.
Boy, was I wrong!
As I went through the ingredients list, my anger for this man just reached a level I didn’t think it could reach. Eggs in date balls? Cream in Date balls? Why does everything have to contain eggs with this guy! I don’t think eating such a large animal product diet is good for the planet, we all share this planet and I think his diet is so popular here, because people here don’t want to eat consciously and think about where their food came from. The idea of skipping meat for one meal is impossible to some. Yes, you will lose weight on a gluten free sugar free, high fat and meat diet, but what about your environmental impact. Okay! Okay! rant over. I’ve just been mulling about this for so long and felt like I Just needed to get it off my chest. So lets get on to this recipe.
Medjool dates are just the best thing to ever come out of nature. Its natures delicious candy, that I now believe really helped me with my short labour time ( 1 hour and 5 minutes). These little energy bites actually got created thanks to my intense labour preparation. I was expecting the standard 6 hours at least labour, so for weeks I was preparing little energy boosters to keep Carl and my midwives going. During the last couple of weeks of waiting for my baby to arrive ( better late than never I suppose), I was starting to get a little tired of waiting and craved a whole lot of comfort food. Lamingtons was one of those cravings. I was out of gluten free flour and really didn’t feel like baking and decided medjool dates are yum, but could be yummier. Anything dipped in chocolate pushes even the most boring recipes over the edge.
These are really easy to prepare, the hardest thing is making a double boiler to melt some chocolate or you can just use a microwave, will keep your energy up and give you the boost you need with a whole lot of delicious to go with.
DATE ENERGY BITES – 10 bites
- 10 soft medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate, the darker the better. We like 85% – 90%
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 10 roasted almonds
Place an almond in every medjool date.
Place the dates in the freezer for 5 minutes, it will make the chocolate stick easier.
Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl and microwave until soft. Remove and stir until completely melted.
Dip the dates into the chocolate, get it completely coated and dip in coconut flakes, get it completely coated.
Place on plate and chill in the fridge until set.
I tried these with different toppings like chia seeds, with just the chocolate and goji berries, but the coconut flakes one is my favourite. Feel free to experiment until you find a topping you just can’t get enough of.