BeetRoot and Dates Energy Bites – Cook With Renu

BeetRoot and Dates Energy Bites

This is my first post for Food Bloggers Recipe Swap club. Every month or every 2 months we are paired by our group moderator Amber, against a blogger and then we need to find a recipe from the other bloggers blog, which we would love to do and then remake it.It can be same or with your changes. This month I was being paired with Mayuri Patel who blogs at Mayuri Jikoni’s. She has a versatile collection of vegetarian recipes. Her blog is a mix of recipes around the world. A little about her her:

1. Where does she live:.

I’m born in Kenya, have lived for a few years in India and have been living in  the sunny coastal town of Mombasa for the past 35 years.

2. Why do you blog

Several reasons. Even before I was blogging I would constantly get requests to share some of my recipes. When I stopped working as a teacher, I didn’t know what to do as I’m not the kitty party or coffee with women type of person. In the meantime, I got introduced to what a blog is by my cousin as she was writing one about her travels. So that gave me an idea to start a blog. A great way to share recipes with family. Also I thought this is the best way to record some of the traditional recipes I learnt from my mum, mother in law and my aunt.My daughter then encouraged me to let the world see my blog. Since then there’s no looking back.


3. Your hobbies and your role model

My hobbies are reading fiction books, watching movies especially Hindi movies and doing charity work through Lions Club.

I learnt cooking from my mum, my aunt and my mother in law, all fantastic cooks. I also learnt how to incorporate International Cuisine into a Vegetarian style from Tarla Dalal.As to role models in general there is no one person in particular. I draw my inspiration from women I know either from my family or friends. I like to emulate their strong virtues. 

4. What is your goal towards blogging 

Food Blogging is more of a hobby and gives me great pleasure so at the moment have no fixed goals as such. It’s through blogging that I’ve learnt and still learn much about different cuisines, about technology and have made so many blogger friends. Having said that my husband and kids would like me to publish a recipe book. God willing that will happen in the near future

So you can see that she is quite an inspiration and I really appreciate her. Do check her blog for some wonderful vegetarian/vegan recipes.

When I read that I was paired with Mayuri, I was elated as I already had a few recipes from her blog bookmarked. Now the difficult task was to choose from one of them. I decided to make this quick, simple and yet so healthy, Beetroot Energy Balls. Not one ingredient in this dish is unhealthy. I am glad I choose this. All my family was in love with this one. My 8 yr old son was eating beetroot and dates and that too he was asking me If he can have more of that beetroot thing. He eats beet Root in disguise form in my Beet Root Puris, Beet Root Paratha’s, but it’s difficult to give him dates. So mission accomplished. All the energy bites are over and he has asked me to make more :-). I did roll this into 3 different coating of cocoa powder, chocolate vermicelli and flax seeds. The chocolate vermicelli did win as it gave a perfect kick to the cocoa and the orange inside the BeetRoot & Dates energy bites. It is also a good substitute for your sugar craving after lunch or dinner. Thank you Mayuri for such a wonderful and healthy recipe. I hope I did justice to this.

 

 

 

 


So here goes the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium sized  (approximately 1/2 Cup) Beetroot peeled, cooked and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 3/4 Cup Pitted and Roughly Chopped Dates (Original recipe called for 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 Cup almond flakes
  • 3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest (Grated orange rind, only the orange part).
  • a pinch of salt

 

 

For Coating

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1-2 tablespoon chocolate vermicelli (Chocolate shavings)
Other options are seed mix, chopped pistachio, desiccated coconut

 

Preparation

  • Dry roast the oats in a pan on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously. Be careful else the oats might burn.
  • Once done keep it aside. In the same pan dry roast the almond flakes/Slivers for a minute of so. Be very careful, it gets done quickly.
  • Let them cool a bit.
  • Add the chopped beetroot, Dates and oats in a food processor. Process till roughly chopped.

 

  • Now add the cocoa powder, almond flakes, vanilla extract, salt, orange zest and Honey.

 

 

  • Process till you get a sticky mass.
  • Now take around a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it with your hands to form a ball shape.
  • If it sticks too much you can add oats powder or almond powder or the best would be to keep in the refrigerator for some time.
  • Make balls of the remaining dough.
  • Roll the balls with the choice of coating as desired. One can enjoy as is without any coating. I used flax seeds, cocoa powder and chocolate vermicelli. The original recipe called for Coconut , cocoa powder and seed mix.

 

  • Refrigerate and serve. (I enjoyed 1-2 as is as was unable to control 😛 and it tasted awesome)
  • Keep the remaining balls in fridge.

 


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