Energy Balls, healthy snacks :)

I have such a sweet tooth, it is my biggest down fall. It is like once I get the taste of sugar, that’s it, I am on a frenzy! So, I had to start compromising with myself for the sake of my waist line and experimenting with healthy snacks and baking. Energy-balls or Protein-balls have become a huge trend among healthy foodies in the last year or there bouts and I can see why; They are really easy to make (once you have a food processor), they generally don’t have any added sugar (no granulated sugar or such), they last up to a week in the fridge, they give you instant sugar craving satisfaction and they give you energy.

NOTES: If ever you feel like the recipe is just a little too dry you can always add a tablespoon or two of water. I generally decorate mine with some dark chocolate if I giving them as gifts but you can avoid this step and make them even healthier by eating them without decoration, they still taste great without the addition of dark chocolate. You might want to blend them for up to 10 minutes depending on the strength of your food processor. I got mine for my 30th of my mother(how your priorities for presents change as you get older). Mine is a Kenwood and I think it was picked up for around €70.

So, here are a few recipes for energy balls that I like to make. These recipes are all made with dates. I get mine online, dried and pitted from nutsinbulk.ie. I got a 3 kilogram bag for under €25. Meejool dates whilst they are fresh and juicy can end up costing a pretty penny. I find that the dried dates are fine once i soak them in tepid warm water for upwards of 15 minutes, drain them and then they are good to go into the food processor 🙂

Orange Chocolate Balls (Jaffa Balls)

orage-chocolate-balls

These are one of the most popular ones that I make, they have a delicious fudgy texture from the dates and a subtle orange flavour. Truly delicious.

What you’ll need:

1 cup of dates

1 medium  orange (juiced)

2 Tbsp. Cacao Powder

1/4 cup of porridge Oats

1/4 cup of ground almonds

½ the zest of an orange

Keep some peel for decoration

40g dark chocolate (for decoration)

Method:

After the dates have been soaked for 15 minutes in tepid water, add them to the blender with the ground almonds and oats. Depending on the strength of your blender it should take around 5 minutes, till you get a smooth paste.  Add in the orange juice, zest and cacao powder and blend till smooth and fully incorporated. Over a pot of hot water on the stove, melt the dark chocolate in a bowl. Make the balls (around 10-15) by hand. Dip each ball in dark chocolate and decorate with the sliced orange peel (as seen in the picture). Keep them in the fridge and eat as desired.

Enjoy 🙂

Ferrero Rocher Balls (makes 10-15)

ferroero-balls

I made these around Christmas time and they did not disappoint. They are really delicious, you can’t beat the flavour of roasted hazelnuts.

What you’ll need:

1 cup of dates

2 Tbsp. Cacao Powder

½ cup of Porridge Oats

1½ Cup of Roasted Hazelnuts (keep 14-15 aside to put in the centre of the rolled balls)

80g Dark Chocolate (for decoration)

Method:

Roast the hazelnuts on a baking tray in the oven at 180 degrees (Remove 14-15 hazelnuts to incorporate into the center of the balls) After the dates have been soaked for 15 minutes in tepid water, add them to the blender with 1/2 cup of hazelnuts and oats. With the remaining hazelnuts crush them (these are to coat the balls), I place mine in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Once blended add in the cacao powder. Make the balls and place a hazelnut in the center of each. Over a pot of hot water on the stove, melt the dark chocolate in a bowl. Roll each ball fully in the chocolate, and then roll these in the crushed hazelnuts. Keep in the fridge.

Chocolate Nut Balls (Makes 10-14)

nut-balls

These came about by throwing a lot of nuts and nut butters into the food processor and seeing how I got on.

What you’ll need:

1 cup of dates

1 cup of cashews

1/2 cup of peanut butter

1/4 Cup almond butter

1/2 Cup of oats

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup of mixed nuts.

Method:

After the dates have been soaked for 15 minutes in tepid water, add them to the blender with the cashews, nut butters,and oats. Crush the mixed nuts (these are for decoration) Dip each ball in dark chocolate and decorate with the crushed mixed nuts.

Coconut Balls (Makes 10-14)

What you’ll need:

1 cup of dates

1 Tbsp of coconut oil

1/4 desiccated Coconut

1/4 Cup of Oats

Desiccated Coconut for decoration

40g of dark Chocolate

Method:

After the dates have been soaked for 15 minutes in tepid water, add them to the blender with the other ingredients and blend till smooth and all mixed up. Dip each ball in dark chocolate and decorate with desiccated coconut. Keep the fridge and enjoy:)

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Mocha Balls (Makes about 10-14 depending on the size you make them)

These are really tasty and give you a serious burst of and obviously delicious with a cup of coffee!

mocha-balls

1 cup of dates

1 double espresso (I would usually make a mochka pot of coffee)

2 Tbsp. Cocoa powder

1/4 cup porridge oats

1/4 cup ground almonds

Method: Once the dates have been soaked, add them to the food processor with the ground almonds and oats until you get a smooth texture. Add in the coffee and the cocoa powder and blend until all ingredients are mixed well together. If you feel the mixture is a little wet add a little more ground almond or if it is too dry add a little water. Roll them into even sized balls and I would roll them around in cocoa powder to finish.

As you can see they all have the general set of ingredients and then you can fashion them around your own tastes, adding almonds, pecans, chocolate chips, bananas etc….

Enjoy

Fairymojo*

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