• Mekaila Trippis - Guest Blogger

No-bake Brownie Energy Bites


Hi! My name is Mekaila, and I'm spending my year 10 work experience with Sydney City Nutritionist. After high school, I hope to study Nutritional Medicine, to become a practicing nutritionist. One of my biggest passions is cooking and developing my own healthy recipes.

I absolutely love baking in particular, and making raw desserts. My no-bake brownie energy bites is definitely one of my favourite recipes.

These energy balls are vegan, gluten free, and a perfect healthy snack or dessert! Unlike an average energy bite, they contain no dried fruit, so you don't need a food processor to make them - only one bowl, and a wooden spoon (or your hands!).

Not only are these brownie bites super delicious, they are also extremely nutrient dense. The almond meal, flaxseed meal and desiccated coconut give dietary fibre and complex carbs, while the maca powder and cacao give a natural energy boost, and a dose of antioxidants and minerals like magnesium and calcium. The sugars in this recipe are unrefined, and have a lower glycaemic index than regular sugar, saving you from a blood sugar spike, and giving you sustained energy.

Raw cacao powder is used in these brownie bites to give them their chocolatey goodness. Not only does it have a deeper flavour than cocoa powder, it is significantly more nutritious. Cocoa powder is made by roasting the cocoa bean at high temperatures, thus stripping it of most of its nutrients. Raw cacao powder is produced by cold pressing the cocoa bean, preserving its nutrients and living enzymes. Cacao contains the minerals magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese. It also has 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. You can find raw cacao powder in your local supermarket or health food store.

Enjoy the recipe!

No-bake Brownie Energy Bites

Makes 20-30 energy balls

Ingredients

  • 140g almond meal

  • 80g desiccated coconut

  • 70g flaxseed meal

  • 30g raw cacao powder

  • 30g maca powder

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

  • 3tbsp. unsweetened apple sauce

  • 3 tbsp. rice malt syrup

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl

  2. Once thoroughly combined, roll the mix into balls (15-25g is best). You can even dust the balls in desiccated coconut or cacao if you want!

  3. Place the balls in an airtight container. They will last for about a week in the fridge before they begin to dry out.

  4. Enjoy your brownie bites!

Thank you so much for letting me share this recipe! Make sure to look out for me in the future when I become a nutrition guru :) ......

Mekaila


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