There’s something about mid morning which makes me crave my cacao and coconut energy balls. It must be the fact that I can’t wait for lunchtime or maybe that they are too difficult to resist. Sometimes when I am dreaming of devouring one I go to the cookie jar and realise someone has beaten me to the last one! So my new plan is to make double and hide the rest in a secret location where no one knows except ME……
These energy balls are rich, moist and almost taste like a truffle. Except you know they are full of goodness with raw cacao, organic dates, nuts and desiccated coconut. I have made these numerous times but now I have got the recipe down to a tee. If you like anything chocolate then you will love these!
The ingredients speak for themselves. Pecans are high in antioxidants and are known to lower cholesterol. Almonds contain nutrients that help maintain a healthy heart and lower the risk of diabetes. Dates are high in fibre, aid digestion and give you that energy boost you sometimes desperately need.
They are simple to make and only take minutes in a food processor, so you know you can reach for one any time of the day!
- 100g pecans or walnuts
- 100g blanched almonds
- 25g raw cacao or cocoa powder
- 220g organic pitted dates
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 30g cashew nut butter
Place the pecans and almonds in your food processor and pulse until you get the consistency you want. For a nuttier crunchy texture pulse for less time than you would for a smoother energy ball.
Add all the remaining ingredients apart from the coconut and mix at a moderate speed until the mixture comes together.
Sprinkle the desiccated coconut on a piece of baking paper.
Roll the date mixture into balls and roll in the desiccated coconut. Place in the fridge for one hour then store in an airtight container for up to 6 days.
I recommend pecans, walnuts or almonds however these are equally delicious with cashew nuts and hazelnuts.