Coconut Lime Energy Balls

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

Billy Buddy is on strict bed rest for two months. We’ve been through this before a couple of years ago when he tore his cruciate ligament on his left leg and it was hard enough then. Looking back though I was being a complete drama queen about it. It couldn’t have been a better time to care for a sick dog, I was in the late stages of pregnancy so had all the time in the world to sit on the sofa with my poorly dog, encourage him to eat, drink, go to the loo, take his medication and watch re-runs of Jamie’s Fifteen Minute Meals with me.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

This time round, having torn his right cruciate this time, both Billy Buddy and I don’t have the same luxury of leisure. Since I’m keeping a main eye on a danger driven toddler I can’t afford to worry about Billy as well so he’s been resting in his crate most of the time, which to be honest is where the vet says he should be. Cole doesn’t quite appreciate our furry patient’s predicament though and keeps trying to shake the crate to smoke his best friend out or stick his little toy wooden bus through the bars for Billy Buddy to play with, dropping it unceremoniously on his head. Yesterday when we were getting our coats and scarfs on for our afternoon walk Cole dutifully fetched Billy’s lead and brought it to his crate. All three of us were very sad that the lead was put back. Not all of us threw a heaving tantrum though and had to be pulled out of the house kicking and screaming. Sorry Cole, I’ll behave better next time.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar at all, refined, fruit or fake.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar at all, refined, fruit or fake.

Strict bed rest means Billy Buddy is not allowed to run, jump or be left alone with any type of furniture where this might be an option. Basically he’s not allowed to be a dog which is causing a bit of an identity crisis. We tried for years to convince him he wasn’t a cat and now we’re trying to tell him to be more like his lazy feline housemates who love nothing better to be left alone to snooze all day.

Billy Buddy

But the real kicker is that Billy has to wear the cone of gloom, when all he really wants to do is itch and scratch the stitches in his leg. Earlier today it took him a good few attempts before he worked out how to pick up one of his toys with this monstrosity around his neck. He proceeded to throw Stick Man up in the air with glee, only to lose his balance, land on his bad leg, have his toy taken away and was then relegated back to his crate. Albeit with a bit of tripe, although only a small bit as since he’s not getting any exercise Billy is also not allowed to eat very much. I know, it gets worse. Well, we’re one week down, only seven more to go. How many is that in dog weeks?

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

So what with my Florence Nightingale routine, vet appointments, hourly toddler life saving and my cake stall having resumed my meals are not as regular as I keep promising myself they will be. Organised food is such a bother. So I’ve turned to snacking.

Now, I could quite happily snack on cake all day long. Believe me there is enough hanging around the house all the time since recipe testing is my favourite pasttime. However, I’m struggling with all the sugar crashes, let alone the extra few pounds. So I wanted to create a snack that could be incorporated as part of my Sunday meal prep, would last all week, had loads of protein and no sugar. Not even dates, coconut sugar, honey or brown rice syrup.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

So these Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the end result and they are brilliant. I based them on Bounce Balls, which I love but are nearly £2 per ball. My balls are so much cheaper to make, about 30p per ball if my maths is right, which it never is I am dreadful at sums.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

There is sweetness here though, despite the lack of sugar. Coconut is naturally sweet and there is a hint of vanilla here to amp it up a bit. The combination of coconut and lime is ever glorious and the vitality of the citrus saves these balls from being too heavy what with the protein richness of all the cashews and hemp.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.I am really loving these balls and not to brag but they are also vegan, gluten-free and paleo. They are giving me bags of much needed energy and I’m just trying not to eat too many of them in front of Billy who just looks at me balefully through his prison walls longing for treats. Only seven weeks to go my friend. Here, watch me eat another ball.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

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Coconut Lime Energy Balls {vegan, gluten-free, paleo, sugar-free}
The perfect snack for when you need an energy boost. There is no sugar at all, refined, fruit or fake.
These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
15 balls
Ingredients
  • 150 g cashew nuts
  • 150 g unsweetened desiccated coconut + 50g extra for rolling
  • 50 g sesame seeds
  • Juice and zest of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
15 balls
Ingredients
  • 150 g cashew nuts
  • 150 g unsweetened desiccated coconut + 50g extra for rolling
  • 50 g sesame seeds
  • Juice and zest of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.
Instructions
  1. First scatter the cashew nuts on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 10 minutes at 170°C.
  2. Then place the roasted cashews in a food processor with the desiccated coconut and sesame seeds and blitz for about 10 minutes or until nice and runny.
  3. Pour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the lime zest and juice, the hemp protein powder, vanilla extract and sea salt until the mixture thickens.
  4. Leave to stand for at least ten minutes then roll into 15 x 30g balls, then roll in the extra desiccated coconut to coat.
  5. They can be eaten immediately or stored in the fridge for about a week.
These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

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Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjacks

These Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjacks are refined sugar-free and gluten-free for guilt-free snacking.

These Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjacks are refined sugar-free and gluten-free for guilt-free snacking.

I have made these flapjacks what feels like a dozen times over Christmas to get the recipe just right for January snacking. I was looking for something oat based to have in the kitchen for the whole family to ward off mid-afternoon hunger pangs that didn’t revolve around refined sugar and think I have struck gold with these little lovelies.

I am spending the first few weeks of this year on diet reset. My sugar, caffeine and martini intake quadrupled over the festive period and my energy levels have seriously plummeted as a result. This is ironic considering I have been resorting to chocolate and builder’s tea to help me battle toddler induced sleep deprivation and focus on keeping him alive during the day. The martinis have been essential to celebrate the fact that my son has been delivered to his bed in one piece each night.

These Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjacks are refined sugar-free and gluten-free for guilt-free snacking.

These Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjacks are a lovely recipe for the whole family, although feel free to omit the salt if you are worried about the intake for children, it’s just there to boost the flavour. A lady came to my cake stall a few weeks ago worried about those of my cakes described as Salted Caramel or Salted Honey. Salt is the new enemy she informed me with a very serious tone. Out of all my cake ingredients it was the 1 teaspoon of salt per layer cake not the 500g of caster sugar which concerned her.

These Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjacks are refined sugar-free and gluten-free for guilt-free snacking.

However, these flapjacks have no refined sugar at all. All the sweetness is derived from medjool dates and a banana. However, dates and bananas do have sugar in them so these are still definitely a treat. The flapjacks are chewy and almost fudgey in texture thanks to the banana. I have erred on the texture over sweetness side of things so don’t expect a match for match replacement to your usual flapjack. These satisfy rather than lead to further sugar cravings so at first bite you may think they need to be sweeter but I guarantee you will finish your snack feeling completely satiated. That is also not to say that they are not delicious. Oh by golly gumdrops they are.

You start off by making a salted date caramel which is really just a fancy way of saying dates, water, vanilla and salt whizzed up in a food processor. Although the caramel flavour is not at all misleading, it really is a delicious alternative to the refined sugar version.

These Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjacks are refined sugar-free and gluten-free for guilt-free snacking.

When the date caramel is mixed with the melted butter, cashew butter and mashed banana though true magic happens and if you dare to dip a fingertip into this magic elixir before you smother it over the oats, then I warn you, there may be no coming back from it. The fact that these flapjacks made it into the oven at all was a miracle each time. In fact if you eschew the flapjacks entirely and just make a Salted Date Caramel Banana soup then I wouldn’t judge.

These Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjacks are refined sugar-free and gluten-free for guilt-free snacking.
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Salted Date Caramel and Banana Flapjacks
These flapjacks are refined sugar-free and gluten-free for guilt-free snacking
These Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjacks are refined sugar-free and gluten-free for guilt-free snacking.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
16
Ingredients
  • 200 g medjool dates
  • 60 ml warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 170 g cashew butter
  • 175 g unsalted butter or use coconut oil to make this cake vegan
  • 1 banana + 1 extra for decoration
  • 350 g gluten-free oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
16
Ingredients
  • 200 g medjool dates
  • 60 ml warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 170 g cashew butter
  • 175 g unsalted butter or use coconut oil to make this cake vegan
  • 1 banana + 1 extra for decoration
  • 350 g gluten-free oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
These Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjacks are refined sugar-free and gluten-free for guilt-free snacking.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C and grease and line a 20cm square cake tin.
  2. To make the date caramel pit the dates then place them in a food processor along with the warm water, vanilla extract and salt. Whizz together until completely smooth. You may have to scrap the sides of the processor a few times to help the process along.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium pan over a low heat then remove from the heat and stir in the cashew butter, date caramel and mashed banana.
  4. Pour the oats into a large mixing bowl then smother with the banana caramel mixture until it is all mixed well together.
  5. Press the flapjack mixture into the tin so the top is even and smooth. Cut the extra banana into slices then place on the surface of the flapjack. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.
  7. Once cool, remove from the tin and cut into squares.

Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn

As the nights draw in this Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is the ideal accompaniment to snuggly September evenings on the sofa watching a movie in your cosiest pair of pyjamas.

Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is no fuss and the ideal accompaniment to movie night

Something very exciting happened a couple of weeks ago, I’m only telling you about it now as we were on holiday last week so I’m sorry about the delayed news cycle but let me tell you, it was front page news in the Hartley household. Luke and I went to the cinema! Together! And there was no small person in sight. The last time I was this excited to go to the cinema was to see the Veronica Mars movie. Ahh, the 14th March 2014, a much simpler time.

Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is no fuss and the ideal accompaniment to movie night

I have been craving the cinema for months and months, a chance to sit in a darkened room, watch a whole film from start to finish without any fear of being disturbed by the croak from the baby monitor. An opportunity to get lost in an epic story spanning generations, crossing continents with nuanced storytelling, creatively woven character arcs; a story of redemption and loves and lives won and lost.

So of course we went to see Bad Moms. Honestly my brain is so fried these days that to my mind this was honest to goodness Oscar worthy fare.

It was a pretty special evening, we even went out for fish and chips – in a restaurant. I know, right now I am blowing your mind. It was on a plate and everything. This is how fancy we are.

Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is no fuss and the ideal accompaniment to movie night

I don’t know when or if I will ever get the chance to go to the cinema again, but a girl can dream and in the meantime we can watch films in this funny box at the corner of our room called a television. With the lights out, a complete ban on pausing the film to make tea, answer the phone or to go and see to a crying baby (unfortunately the last rule doesn’t always take) then it’s just like being at the Picturehouse. And it’s all because of this cinema worthy Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn. Do they even still do the sweet and salted flavours separately anymore?

Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is no fuss and the ideal accompaniment to movie night

This popcorn has no fancy flavours but is a simple recreation of movie popcorn so you can pretend you’re out on date night again instead of nestled on the sofa, a dog on one knee and your bowl of popcorn balanced on the other. Who am I kidding, if the dog is anything like Billy Buddy then his nose is in that bowl and you are not seeing hide nor hair of any popcorn.

Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is five minutes in the making and so much healthier than the movie-going version. The butter is browned to a nutty caramel, sweetened with a touch of sugar and flavoured with sea salt. No fuss and zero faff but you do get all the scent of freshly popping corn permeating the house and also the childish glee of taking off the lid of the pan too early to watch the popcorn fly across the kitchen. I’m just too keen.

Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is no fuss and the ideal accompaniment to movie night

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Perfectly Sweet n'Salty Popcorn
Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is no fuss and the ideal accompaniment to movie night
Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is no fuss and the ideal accompaniment to movie night
Servings
2-4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 100 g popcorn kernels
  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Servings
2-4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 100 g popcorn kernels
  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is no fuss and the ideal accompaniment to movie night
Instructions
  1. Drizzle the olive oil into a large pan with a lid. Turn the heat on and pour in the popcorn kernels so they spread out easily at the bottom of the pan. Place the lid on and leave for the corn to pop, it will take a minute or so to get going.
  2. Meanwhile melt the butter in a small saucepan with the icing sugar and salt over a medium heat. After the butter has melted it will start sizzling, leave it to sizzle and crackle and so it begins to turn brown. Once the sizzling has stopped and the butter is a nice nutty brown then remove from the heat.
  3. By this time the popcorn should also have stopped popping. As soon as the corn can go 3 seconds without popping then remove from the heat immediately so it doesn’t burn and pour into a bowl.
  4. Pour the sweet n’salty butter over the popcorn and stir well so it’s coated thoroughly.

No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars

These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are perfectly designed for exhausted parents, busy careerists, post work-out keep fitters and demanding children of any age and if none of the above apply and you just need a little chocolate pick-me-up then these bars will suit your needs perfectly too.

These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat

I have never eaten so many energy bars as I have these past 14 months. They were my lifeline during 3am night-feeds; they have seen me through endless walks with baby and dog; I eat them in lieu of breakfast, lunch or dinner and if Cole suddenly decides to have a full throttle meltdown when I won’t let him play with the washing machine buttons mid-cycle then they are the most effective pacifier for both mum and toddler.

These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat

I have tried so many energy bars out there and am constantly disappointed by most of them to provide me with a nutritious, satisfying, all-natural snack that can be eaten when you simply don’t have the time or the inclination for anything remotely challenging.

These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat

I have been trying to wean myself off these bars to no avail. I am hungry and lacklustre a lot of the time at the moment and energy bars keep my sanity (well that’s a bit of an overstatement, they do their best poor things but at this stage in the game I’m a bit of a lost cause).

These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat

These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat

So basically I figured that if you can’t beat them, join them and I’ve invented my own. These little beauties amalgamate all the best bits from other energy bars into one happy and health-conscious bar. They are a treat, of course they are as there is chocolate involved, but there is no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy and most importantly they are bursting with protein to up your mood and see you through the tough part of your day.

These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat

These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat

The no-bakeness of them means that they are a breeze to make, there is no more effort than a minimal amount of chopping, a dash of soaking, a quick blast in the food processor followed by a bit of mixing, some setting (the bit where you can take a break and watch some tv, entertain a baby, answer a few emails) then some melting, pouring and a last bit of setting (go for a run, make a cup of tea, empty the dishwasher) then eating. If I can make these in the evening ready for the next day then you can be sure they are easy peasy lemon squeezy as I’m simply fit for nothing after Cole has been lullabied to sleep.

These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat

Bring on the energy bars!!

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No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars
These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat
These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat
Prep Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
12 bars
Ingredients
  • 10 medjool dates pitted and roughly chopped
  • 50 g cashews roasted and roughly chopped
  • 50 g pistachios roughly chopped
  • 50 g gluten-free crisped rice or rice krispies
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 50 g almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 175 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Prep Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
12 bars
Ingredients
  • 10 medjool dates pitted and roughly chopped
  • 50 g cashews roasted and roughly chopped
  • 50 g pistachios roughly chopped
  • 50 g gluten-free crisped rice or rice krispies
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 50 g almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 175 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat
Instructions
  1. Line and grease a 20cm square tin.
  2. Place the dates in a small bowl with 75ml boiling water, stirring to make sure they are evenly submerged. Leave to half an hour to soak.
  3. Meanwhile mix the cashews, pistachios, crisped rice, sesame seeds, chia seeds and ground flaxseed in a large bowl.
  4. When the dates have finished soaking pour them, with their soaking water, into a food processor along with the coconut oil, almond butter, vanilla extract and salt and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour over the nuts and seeds until everything is evenly mixed.
  6. Press the mixture into the tin so that it is nice and even on top then place in the fridge for at least an hour to set.
  7. Melt the chocolate, coconut oil and salt in the bain marie, then pour over the set nuts and seeds and spread out evenly with a palette knife.
  8. Place back in the fridge for at least an hour to set.
  9. Remove from the fridge and cut into bars.
Recipe Notes
  • When you line your tin, bring the baking parchment all the way up the sides to make it ultra easy to remove the bars from the tin after the final set.
  • I recommend keeping your bars in the fridge to keep their perfect consistency. They should last up to 10 days but it’s unlikely they will.
These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat

Energy Boosting Snack Ideas – FREE PDF!

If you need more inspiration of energy boosting snacks to get your through your in between meal slumps then you can download my free PDF with 9 more ideas featuring exclusive content and also my favourite energy boosting recipes from the website. To access this amazing PDF you just need to click the link below!!