Sunday, 12 February 2017


Happy Sunday guys! So since I mentioned that I've been experimenting with raw recipes, I thought it was about time I introduced a regular feature to my blog, and what better to start with than the way to all our hearts, food

'TID RAW WAY', short for TheIndefiniteDiaries Raw Way (but you knew that), will be a fortnightly feature to fill your weekend baking desires. All recipes will be made by me, from scratch, with ease, on a budget and all really healthy, balanced and using 80% (ish) raw ingredients when it comes to desserts! Most recipes will be adaptable to your individual taste, so I will aim to make notes where you could add or replace similar ingredients if you're not keen on the odd bits and bobs.

My first instalment is a hella good one, Raw Nut Brownie Energy Balls with Almond + Coconut! These goodies are no bake and 100% RAW!! There is no refined sugar, flour or butter in these treats, and they taste pretty damn good for it. Of course, they're not the real thing, and I'm not going to pretend that I'd choose this recipe over Nutella-loaded, gooey brownies all day, everyday. But for a guilt-free, satisfying treat, they're as close as you can get without stuffing your face silly with sugar.

My recipe is far from time consuming and I would even go as far as saying they're the easiest thing I've made in the kitchen. The recipe requires little to no effort and no heat, and with a food processor or grinder, it basically does everything for you! You just have to add the finishing touches if you're all about making things pretty like me. Also, if you make these energy balls in batches, you can freeze them for up to 2-3 weeks (they go a bit dodgy after that), so you can take whatever you fancy for a snack or pre/post workout.

I have had this recipe in my MyFitnessPal log for as long as I can remember, but I have messed around with the measurements a fair few times so I'm pretty certain I now have it down to a T! Logging my recipes in MFP has allowed me to get the most accurate nutrition content in all the various things I make and bake. Not only does it count the calories as well as the grams of fat, protein and carbohydrates, each element is calculated to a percentage of your weight and goals. That way it's accessible and extremely easy for you to use it day in day out straight from your phone.

So before I babble on too much, I've attached the nutritional information from a screenshot on MFP. It's honestly the easiest raw recipe I have created - so far anyway! I hope you have a go at making them and enjoy eating them as much as I do (keep scrolling for the recipe).

Ingredients (makes 12 balls | 2" diameter)

- 1/2 cup medjool dates (about 11-12 individual)
- 1/4 cup brazil nuts
- 1/4 cup almonds (you could substitute with macadamia or hazelnut etc)
- 5tbsp good quality cocoa powder
- 4tbsp dedicated coconut
- 1-2tbsp coconut oil
- 1tbsp almond butter
- 1tbsp dark choc chips (optional)


1. Remove the pits from the dates and then leave to soak for 10 minutes in a bowl of water.
2. Place the brazil nuts and almonds in a food processor and pulse them until they're a similar consistency to flour. If you like a crunch to your snacks you can opt to gently pulse the nuts until they're the size of a grain of rice - this gives them a bit of a bite. Though I will add it makes them hard to bind. NOTE: don't worry if you don't have a food processor at home, I use a machine similar to a nutribullet that grinds and pulses food just the same and it's so handy.
3. Transfer the chopped nuts to a bowl and then drain the dates with a sieve.
4. Place the drained dates into the food processor and add the cocoa powder and coconut. The mix should bind together to look like a slightly dry brownie batter. Leave this mix for a few minutes.
5. Add the almond butter and coconut oil to the bowl of chopped nuts and mix with a wooden spoon. NOTE: if your coconut oil or butter is on the stiff side, 30 seconds in the microwave should make them more pliable.
6. Add the 'dry brownie' mix from the food processor to the bowl of chopped nuts and combine together with a wooden spoon. The mix should look like perfect consistency brownie batter!!
7. Use a tablespoon to measure out an equal amount of mixture for each one. Then, using your palms, roll the mixture in between your hands to form balls.
8. Decorate them in any way you wish. I rolled half of mine in shredded coconut and the other half in cocoa powder.

So, there you have it, a really simple, pretty looking energy snack that you can keep in your freezer for up to 2-3 weeks. Remember all ingredients are optional so if you don't like brazil nuts, double up on the almonds instead.

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