These balls are outstanding and energy loaded! In fact, this sweet little things did save my life a several times before, never get boring, are convinving to every healthfood-denying person and you can find them in my fridge all year long! My conscious and healthy lifestyle started going without white industrial sugar and his hidden friends high sugar syrup and artificial sweeteners! That’s easier said than done, especially at times when nobody ever heard of agave or stevia. Yes, this state actually existed and it was not long ago, but today we can’t imagine life without those alternatives. However, my adventurous spirit brought me far and I soon realised the a. our tastebuds renew theirselves every 10 days b. it feels so good to limit your sugar intake and c. there is a rich variety of healthy and yummy foods which taste sweet & they are enough! Since then, I’ve never looked back to sugar and its many many products. It is the best I can do for my body and I decide on it every day for almost six years. Thus I started to make my own chocolate and treats.
The great thing about the balls are not just its healthy & delicious state but also that they are quite easy to make. Plus, you can vary their ingredients every time by grabbing what your pantry offers, or what needs to be used. They can be stored for a long time in the fridge/freezer( depending on your sweet tooth). I invite you to a spontaneous-a-little-bit-of-everything-pantry-energyball-party!
My version contains dates as the base and sweetener, cacao butter and walnuts, but thenceforward everything is possible. Limitless fantasy and stock of your pantry!
Maybe you go after a tropical flavour in the summertime and a more decadent rich chocolate truffle in the fall. But you can always intermix some superfood in there!
They are perfect as a snack, on the-go, as a little dessert or after your workout!
Grab one ( or more) of following ingredients from 1.-6. on your taste and availability:
1. dry: dates, mango, figs, apricots, raisins, mulberry
2. almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnut, macadamia, brazil nut, sesame, sunflowerseeds, pistachios, flax seeds
3. oats, buckwheat/flakes, quinoa/flakes, amaranth
4. coconut oil/butter, cacaobutter, avocado, nutbutter
5. vanilla, cacao, carob, cinnamon, cardamom, himalaya salt, lemon/orange zest, fresh black pepper
6. turmeric powder, chlorella powder, acai, matcha, goji berries, chia seeds, hempseeds/powder…
makes approx. 20
1 cup dates ( fresh or dry)
1 cup ground oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup walnuts
3 tbsp cacaobutter
3 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp himalaya salt
zest of 1 lemon
+ coating 2.-6.
If you have dry dates, soak them in warm water 30 min. before.
Slowly melt the cacaobutter in a bowl over a pot with boiling water. In your food processor, you mix the walnuts, oats and coconut into a flour. Pit the dates and add them to the flour mix, process further and add cacao powder, vanilla and salt. Finish by adding the melted cacao buttter and lemon zest.
Form little balls with about 1 tbsp of the mixture in your hands and place them on a baking sheet. Choose one or more ingredients from list 2.-6. and put them in little bowls. Roll your balls into them to coat the outside completely. This way you get many different ones to make them more sweet or crunchy. Enjoy raiding your pantry, rolling the balls & tasting them ( last but not least)!
You can find the recipe in german over here at makeyourselfmove!