Night Watch Adventure Bites

By TWS resident Nutritionist Quincey Cummings

I love the night watch. When we’re sailing long distances someone must always be on watch round the clock. Aboard Esprit, this usually means a few hours alone at the helm at night. This time is usually pretty uneventful, keeping an eye out for passing ships and if you’re lucky you might even get a show of dolphins playing in the glowing bioluminescence! Having a cup of tea and a quick, balanced snack helps me to stay alert, and these energy bites are a crew favorite.
Night Watch Adventure Bites


2 cups pitted dates or coconut date rolls

1/2 cup of oats

1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds (or any other nut/seed)

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional additions/variations - protein powder instead of cocoa powder, spices like cinnamon, cardamom, nut butters or coconut butter, chocolate chips or cacao nibs


  1. Pulse oats and nuts/seeds in a food processor for 5 seconds until mixed well and crumbly.

  2. Add cocoa powder and spices, pulse for 1-2 seconds to mix.

  3. Blend in dates and maple syrup until well blended and the mixture is sticky enough to roll into golf ball size bites, but not so sticky that they make a huge mess on your hands (think Play-Dough consistency). You may need to add more dates, maple syrup, or nut butter to reach desired consistency.

  4. Roll into bite-size balls and store them in the fridge for a delicious quick snack!

Night Watch Adventure Bites

Other yummy flavors …

Salted Cashew ”Cookie Dough” Bites

2 cups dates

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup cashew pieces

1/4 cup cashew butter

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (preferably Maldon or flakey sea salt)

Optional additions - chocolate chips or cacao nibs

Tahini Chai Spice Bites (grain-free)

2 cups dates

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/3 cup tahini

3 tablespoons maple

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cardamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

pinch of sea salt

These adventure bites are a perfect mix of plant-based protein, healthy fats, and quality carbohydrates that tastes like dessert, without the blood-sugar swings! Balanced snacks help regulate hunger and keep mental function sharp (critical for sailing, especially at night). Make a batch before heading out on a passage, long hike, or just to have around as a sweet, balanced treat!

Quincey Cummings​

Quincey is a holistic nutritionist and co-captain aboard her Kelly Peterson 46, Esprit. She spent much of her childhood in Southeast Asia and she's had the great fortune to travel to many countries. Her culinary tastes reflect a fusion of worldly cuisines. She holds a degree in Nutrition and Human Development and is a certified Nutritionist. She delights in sharing two of her greatest passions; sailing and great food! Her desire is to inspire other cruisers to nourish themselves every day with delicious meals they can create in small, moving spaces.

Together with her partner they liveaboard and cruise the Southern California coast and the Channel Islands, with plans to venture further south and into the Trade Winds.

You can find more delicious, cruising-friendly recipes on her Galley Blog


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