Hemp Protein Bites
Most of the time, my routine allows me the flexibility to coordinate my eating and exercise to some extent. I try not to overthink it but if I am doing cardio in the morning, I tend to just have water before and if I am doing a weight training session or something more intense, I will have my breakfast first, wait an hour or two and then head to workout then. However, some times life doesn't go to plan and I have to fit working out around everything else, as and when I can make the time. For those times, I like to keep a stash of these bars in the fridge to make sure I am fuelled up right to work out properly.
They are perfect for those of you that head to the gym after work, to pick our blood sugars up and give an energy boost to make sure we make the most of the workout. The trouble I found with afternoon snacks is that anything shop bought tends to be very sweet and I personally don't like anything too sickly before working out. For me, these bars have a little sweetness that curb cravings but not so much that they make me feel sick! They're only small, so sometimes one is enough, but if I am planning an intense workout then its totally cool (and even recommended) to have two!
Ingredients (makes 12 small bars)
200g of almonds
200g of medjool dates
1 tablespoon of tahini
60g of hemp protein powder
Whizz the almonds in a food processor until they are broken down into tiny pieces, switching it off before it forms a flour.
Then remove the stones from the dates and add these to the processor with the tahini and protein powder. If the dates don't feel soft and sticky, you can soak them in boiling water for a few minutes first to help them hold the mixture together.
While everything is blending, line a shallow baking tray with cling film. Then empty the mixture onto the tray and use a spatula to pack the bars tightly to make sure they are well stuck together and not crumbly. Then, use a sharp knife to cut the bars into 12 equal bites. If you have packed the mixture well enough, they should cut easily without falling apart at all. You can also roll them into balls if you prefer!
Then place in the fridge to set for about 20 minutes. I like to wrap them in baking paper to stop them from sticking together and then I store them in a tupperware in the fridge.