You probably have heard before about Energy Balls. They are a great treat for you sweet-tooth cravings and they will boost up your energy. The best part is that the energy balls are also healthy, plant-based, wholefood, sugar-free and super easy and fast to prepare.
There are only 4 essential ingredients you need, a blender and around 5 minutes of your time. The main ingredients are nuts, dates and cacao powder.
This energy balls will provide you with all the good fats, and they are a good source of proteins, fibre and minerals, such as iron and magnesium, or potassium from both dates and cacao powder or even calcium from the cacao powder. Without any added sugar, they will still satisfy your sweet tooth, as they are incredibly sweet.
I like to add some raisins to improve the texture, as well as shredded coconut for taste, but they are optional. For the nuts, I use a mixed variety so it will offer me different benefits from each type of nut. However, if your food processor isn’t very efficient I would recommend using mostly cashews and walnuts and soak Medjool dates before using, so the blending process is easier.
Here’s the recipe
Gather all your ingredients. Make sure you soak your dates for 1h if your food processor isn’t very strong.
Put first the nuts in the food processor and blend them slightly. They should remain a bit chunky. Then, add the rest of the ingredient, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and blend all.
The mixture shouldn’t be even. It is ideal if it still has small nuts pieces and that is sticky but slightly dry, so you can shape it without falling apart.
With your hands you can shape them into balls or even into bars.
You can roll them on cacao powder or shredded coconut. And enjoy!
plant-based (vegan), sugar-free, soy-free, lactose-free, gluten-free
15-20 energy balls
Level of difficulty: very easy
- 30g of cashews
- 15 gr of walnuts
- 6 dates
- 2 handfuls of raisins
- 2 1/2 tbsp (full) of cacao powder
- 1/2 shredded coconut
- Place the nuts you’ve chosen in the food processor and blend them slightly. They still have to be a bit chunky. This step is only to help the blending process as when you add the rest of the ingredients it will be more difficult to get the nuts in a relatively fragmented size.
- Add the dates (if soaked make sure you drain the water), raisins, 2.5 tbsp of cacao powder, 1/2 tablespoon of shredded coconut and a pinch of salt
- Blend all until you have an uneven mixture which is sticky but slightly dry.
- Get a portion of the mixture that fits in the palm of your hands and, with your hands, shape it into a ball. You can also make it into a bar or any other shape you wish
- If you wish to, you can roll the balls on cacao powder or shredded coconut, adding to them a little twist.
- Enjoy them!