These energy balls are “to die for” and super easy to make, especially if you have some sort of kitchen mixer or blender. They are also a very healthy snack that will give you lots of energy and natural sources of healthy fats, fiber, proteins, minerals and antioxidants, which are found in the nuts, dates and the cacao. If you like regular chocolate balls made with sugar and butter, this is for sure a much better and yummier alternative! :)
This serving makes around 20 balls
1 cup walnuts
1 cup almonds
1 cup dates (preferably pitted)
½ cup cacao powder
Sea salt (optional)
Water (add 1 tsp at the time)
Start by mixing the walnuts and the almonds in a blender (e.g. Vitamix) if you have one, otherwise chop them finely
Add the cacao powder to the nut mix
Finely chop the dates (make sure they are pitted first) and mix everything in a bowl
Add a pinch or two of sea salt
Mix everything together. If the mix is too dry to make balls from, add one teaspoon of water at the time, until the mix has a good consistency to form the balls. Be careful to not add too much water, as you don’t want a runny mix!
Form the balls and roll them in grated coconut
Place them in the fridge for a little while so they set, 15 minutes is enough.
If you want to make variations of these energy balls, it is very easy to just replace the fling salt for some chili powder or licorice powder for example, what ever flavor you like. You can also use e.g. hazelnuts or cashew nuts instead of walnuts or almonds if you prefer. Same with the dates, any dried fruit will work well to sweeten with. Other suggestions to roll them in instead of grated coconut, can be for instance flax seeds, chia seeds or sesame seeds, that also works great.