Energy balls are small raw balls made from dates and oilseeds, so full of fibre, protein and naturally sweet. We discovered them when we became vegan and it’s simply the perfect recipe to travel, to take on a hike, to have a healthy snack on a busy day (or to stuff yourself while working on the blog…).
After several tests, here’s a recipe we really like: few ingredients, a crunchy heart and the perfect combination of chocolate and peanuts (seriously, we haven’t invented anything better!). It’s a recipe that may well become one of our classics!
- 1 mug of pitted dates
- 1/2 mug of powdered almonds
- 4 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
- 1 pinch of salt
some peanuts or almonds (for the center)
- grated coconut (for coating) (optional)
- 1 mug (for dosing)
- 1 salad bowl or large bowl
- a small blender
- 1 strainer
- 1 knife
- 1 tablespoon
- Cut your dates into small pieces and, if they are not already super tender, rehydrate them for about ten minutes in hot water.
- Mix the drained dates with the almond powder, peanut butter, cocoa powder and salt.
- Mix everything together (and if, like us, you have a very small blender, give it regular breaks).
- Let the mixture cool down a little (20 to 30 minutes).
- Form small balls, then flatten them with your thumb to insert a whole almond or 3 peanuts before closing the ball and shaping it well with your hands.
- If desired, roll the ball in grated coconut.
- Repeat until there is no more dough (about 12 balls of 3 cm in diameter).
- Try not to eat it all at once.
- Possible variations: replace dates with dried figs, replace peanut butter with almond butter, add okara, put a hazelnut in the centre, replace raw cocoa with carob powder, etc.