ENERGY BALLS

These #energyballs are a staple in my household when you want a sweet treat. Super easy to make & much better made by your own hand with good quality ingredients rather than shop bought. You can get totally creative with the ingredients experimenting with different nuts, protein powders and #superfoods and different crunchy bits to roll them in too. I keep mine in the freezer so that they are long lasting and so that i can pop one out whenever i fancy a little treat. Also very useful if you are an athlete or doing long endurance training sessions as the dates have plenty of carbohydrate fruit sugar content to keep you energised.


Note: energy balls are a treat and not a daily indulgence - since they contain medjool dates, they are actually very high sugar. One date has a wopping 16g of sugar (equivalent to 4 teaspoons of sugar) and 70 calories. Dates also contain fibre (2g per date) which does help to keep blood sugars a little bit more stable than say a Mars bar (which has zero fibre) - however they are still blood sugar spiking and if you are working on a nutrition protocol such as healing #candida (which feeds on sugar), then Im sorry to say they should be avoided.





Prep time: 20 mins Freeze time: 30 mins

Makes about 30 balls (depending on how big you roll them)

INGREDIENTS

  • 250g cashews (or any nuts eg hazlenuts almonds Brazil nuts macadamia but must be raw nuts)

  • 250g dates, medjool are the best

  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder

  • 6 tbsp desiccated coconut

  • protein powder

  • almond butter


optional extras: matcha, black sesame or chia seeds for coating or wheatgrass, maca, lucuma, haskapa powder as added superfoods


INSTRUCTIONS

  • Soak nuts & dates for 12 hours in cold water (if you forget or don’t have time soak them in boiling water for 1-2 hours)

  • Filter the water for both (keep the date water in case you need it)

  • Put nuts in food processor first & blend until they are chunky but not too small, then add dates slowly plus cacao and 2 tbsp dessicated coconut

  • Also add protein powder or almond butter or chia or ground flax seeds to give them more protein & then any superfoods you like

  • If the mixture is too dry use some of the date water to make it moist enough to roll onto balls or coconut water or even a splash of nut milk.

  • Once rolled into balls dip into the desiccated coconut flakes to coat them (can also add some matcha to make them green or chia seeds to roll them in)

Serve and enjoy!