For the last two weeks I’ve been away in India, relaxing and unwinding after a busy year. I had the most amazing time in Kerala, and it was so lovely to be able to enjoy some sunshine and hot weather! Now I’m back in the UK, I’m definitely feeling the cold, and already planning my next trip to somewhere warm.
I enjoyed so much delicious food while I was away, and tried lots of incredible dishes I’d never eaten before, like Thoran and Appam. I just love discovering new food on vacation. I also got to enjoy lots of amazing fresh fruit, and I ate tonnes of bananas – they taste so much better in India than they do in the UK!
One of my favourite foods I ate in India was of course, coconut. They are so refreshing and the perfect food for when you want to eat something that cools you down. I loved being able to drink fresh coconut water in the sunshine, and eat flakes of coconut for breakfast in the morning. It was so amazing.
Since returning back from India, I’ve found myself really craving a lot of coconut. So, for my next recipe I decided to share a sweet coconut recipe for whenever you find yourself craving some too. For this recipe, I decided to make some energy bites using a mixture of coconut oil, coconut nectar and desiccated coconut. These sweet snacks are bursting with coconut flavour and are perfect for a quick treat to make at home.
I hope you enjoy the recipe!
coconut energy bites
makes about 20 small portions
1/2 cup (100g) pitted dates
2 tbsp coconut nectar – I used Coconut Merchant
1/3 cup (45g) plain mixed nuts
1/3 cup (30g) oats
2/3 cup (60g) desiccated coconut – I used Coconut Merchant
1 tsp raw virgin coconut oil – I used Coconut Merchant
- Add the dates, coconut nectar, nuts, oats, desiccated coconut and coconut oil into a food processor. Then, blitz everything together for a few minutes until a sticky crumb consistency has formed.
- When the mixture is ready, take a tiny handful and press it into a ball shape. Then, repeat until all of the mixture has been used. The amount you make depends on the size you choose to make the bites.