You can’t imagine for how long I wanted to finally make a blog post on these little healthy, all natural, refined sugar free, vegan and most importantly DELICIOUS energy balls.
If I’d had to pick on thing to bake for the rest of my life (don’t get me wrong, I am glad that I don’t have to), I would definitely pick these little treats which seem to be directly send from heaven.
But first of all – you know me. There has to be some background information on the nutrition and the benefits you get from snacking these balls…
Can we take a second to record how difficult it is to talk about “balls” without sounding naughty?
You will notice that there isn’t any refined sugar that goes into them which marks the first plus.
The sweetness of the balls comes from dates, which not only taste lovely but also contain a lot of vitamins (also iron, potassium, zinc … the list is endless), antioxidants and of course fibre. They are also known to strengthen the nerve system and have great benefits for the skin. Overall they can be called not only superfoods but rather superheroes.
If you then also add some coconut flakes you will get the chrome you need. Vitamin C is covered by the cranberries and the extra plus you can achieve with using dark chocolate and raw cocoa powder.
There you have it: Easy way to get all that good stuff and not even having to think about it. You’re welcome.
If you haven’t already made my all natural and one ingredient peanut butter, please stop reading and go over to here. Come back after you have your peanut butter ready to go.
I always combine making peanut butter and a new stock of energy balls.
Take your dates, peanut butter and oats and put everything into a food processor.
Let the machine do its work until the ingredients are all shred and combined so you can’t figure out what it was beforehand.
I usually make two to three different kind of balls with various tastes. For that you take some of the mixture out of the food processor to use it later.
Now add you optional ingredients. Me for example, I love the taste of cocoa powder, coconut, cranberries but also crushed dark chocolate or almonds. The combinations are limitless!
While your food processor combines your preferred extras with the base mixture, preheat your oven to 180° celsius.
When it has the right consistency (depending on your preferences) you can turn off the food processor.
After forming them into balls, place them on a lined baking tin and put them in the oven for about 5 minutes.
Putting the balls in the oven is optional, but I feel like they get a little bit softer on the inside while still being firm on the outside which makes them easier to store and take on the go.
By the way: There is no perfect shape or must-follow instruction how to form them. Over the time I found a technique and size that works for me the best but I guess that it always depends on your personal preferences.
And also – while forming them, you will notice how oily the balls are. The good fats peanuts contain is, what will make them so gooey and soft in the end.
I love to take mine on the go as a little breakfast or snack. But combined with a lovely cup of coffee or tea they definitely compete with a piece of cake!
I would love to see your creations, so leave a comment below!
See you soon
Lina Marie W.