Homemade Energy Balls.

These are much healthier than energy snacks you buy in stores. They are perfect to chew on after cardio workout or if you need a little extra energy at work, but don’t want to buy a candy bar. Sugar is a good temporary energy and cognitive enhancer, so these date and nut balls provide enough glucose to fuel your brain and body without giving you a sugar spike. They are raw and delicious,  full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, and surprisingly filling! You can make a bigger batch and freeze them. If you’d like to take them to work, just wrap them individually in grease proof paper and put in the fridge at work. These ball are also a very nice and comforting snack to have with tea or coffee.

Makes 10-12 balls:

  • 10-12 medium, pitted soft dates
  • 150g of raw pecan nuts or walnuts
  • 1 tbsp of raw cocoa powder
  • Desiccated coconut, to roll in
  1. Soak the dates in a little warm water for 10 minutes or so. They should be soft enough to blend into a paste.
  2. Drain the dates and put them in the food processor with nuts and cocoa powder and process until you’ll get one sticky mass. It should be pliable enough, but not sticking to the walls of food processor. It is is too sticky and watery – add more nuts.
  3. When ready, take a spoonful of mixture and roll into a ball with your hands. Repeat until you use all the “dough”.
  4. Roll each ball in coconut shreds and refrigerate until required.

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