These energy balls are the best thing to have in your fridge for those times when you need a snack or have a sweet craving. They are great before workouts for an energy boost. I make these in big batches and keep them in the fridge or freezer so I always have a healthy snack to hand. Take them to work for your mid afternoon pick me up. The recipe is so simple and only requires nuts, dates and coconut oil, the powders are optional but are really beneficial (not to mention tasty!). Maca powder gives a caramel flavour to the balls while the cacao obviously makes them deliciously chocolatey. Even non-healthy foodies love these, they really do taste like a naughty treat!
1 cup pecan nuts
1 cup cashew nuts
1/2 cup flaked or desiccated coconut
1 cup dates
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp maca
For the cacao balls:
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
What to do…
Put all the nuts and coconut in your blender and pulse until they form a sand type texture, the bigger the pieces of nut at this stage the crunchier your balls will be.
Add the dates to the mix and blend again. This will thicken the mixture and it will start to stick together. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until thoroughly combined, the mixture should come together and start to form a ball.
For the coco balls:
Remove half of the mixture from the blender and place in a bowl.
Divide the mixture into equal sized pieces and roll to form balls (they should be the size of golf balls).
For the cacao balls:
Add the cacao powder to the blender with the remaining mixture and pulse for a couple of seconds until combined.
Roll the mix into equal golf ball sized balls in the palms of your hand.
Put the desiccated coconut on a plate and roll the balls in the coconut immediately.
Place all the balls on a piece of greaseproof paper and place in the fridge.
This will make them set. After an hour or so transfer them to an airtight container and store in the fridge.
They should last a couple of weeks in the fridge…but they rarely do in my house!