Raw raspberry, almond butter and cocoa bites
Filled with dates, almond butter and cocoa, these luxurious bites are a healthy indulgence. Raspberries offer vitamin C and folic acid, while dates, nuts and oats contain fibre.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes 15 balls
This dish is: dairy free ◦ vegan and vegetarian ◦ provides protein, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium
Allergens: gluten (oats) ◦ tree nuts (almonds) ◦ sulphites!
- 100g dates, pitted
- 2 tbsp oats
- 2 tbsp almond butter (no added salts or sugars)
- 3 tbsp finely chopped almonds
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 50g fresh raspberries (around 10-12)
- Lay out a piece of parchment on a baking sheet and set aside.
- Slice the dates in half, add to a blender and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add the oats, two tablespoons of chopped almonds, the almond butter and the cocoa power to the blender, and pulse until it forms a sticky mixture.
- Add the raspberries, then pulse briefly until blended in.
- Wet your hands with water, then take a portion of the mixture and roll between your palms until it forms a small ball. Place the balls onto the baking sheet, taking care to keep them separate, and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of chopped almonds.
- Leave in the fridge for 30 minutes before eating.
A little bit of what you fancy does you good but try to reach for more nutritious treats if you can.
- Dates provide fibre which can help prevent constipation caused by your hormonal changes1.
- Oats contain iron which can help ensure your baby receives the necessary oxygen and nutrients in pregnancy2.
- Almonds contain vitamin E, an adequate intake of which during pregnancy is associated with a lower likelihood of your child developing asthma and respiratory issues later in life3,4.
- Raspberries contain vitamin C which can help protect your cells and keep them healthy5.
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- NHS. Your pregnancy and baby guide [Online] 2018 Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/common-pregnancy-problems/#constipation [Accessed June 2018].
- British Nutrition Foundation. Nutrition and supplements during pregnancy [Online]. 2015. Available at: https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/nutritionforpregnancy/nutrition-and-supplements-during-pregnancy.html?start=2[Accessed July 2018].
- Turner SW et al. Associations between fetal size, maternal α-tocopherol and childhood asthma. Thorax 2010;65(5):391-7.
- Devereux G et al. Low maternal vitamin E intake during pregnancy is associated with asthma in 5-year-old children. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 2006;174(5):499-507.
- NHS. Vitamin C in pregnancy [Online] 2017 Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/vitamins-minerals-supplements-pregnant/#vitamin-c-in-pregnancy[Accessed July 2018].