. ENERGY BALL RECIPE .
I’ve really got into my healthy eating lately. I’ve always been a healthy eater per se, never a fan of ready meals or a fast food diet, i’m far too much of a foodie to eat badly, but my diet more recently has stepped up a little and I now love a raw juice each morning and have really been enjoying using Hemsley and Hemsley and Deliciously Ellas recipes (and as a result have a whole cupboard full of serious health food goodies now – expensive but worth it). One of my favourite new discoveries is of course the infamous energy ball … full of goodness, totally healthy and a great snack to carry with you just in case hunger strikes. There are tons of recipes out there but I particularly love this simple cocoa and almond based recipe, it takes 5 minutes maximum to create and is really delicious. Today I thought i’d share the recipe so you too can give it a go.
. INGREDIENTS .
1 cup of Medjool dates (or normal dates, but this will be a little less sweet)
3/4 cup of almonds (I used flaked almonds)
1 table spoon of coconut oil (about £6 a big jar and most supermarkets or health stores stock it)
2 table spoons of chia seeds
2 table spoons of flaxseeds
1 table spoon of cacao (ground powder)
1 tablespoon of hemp
. RECIPE .
The best thing about energy balls is that they’re so so easy to make. Other recipes i’ve read have talked about a specific order of putting your ingredients in, but to be honest, I just threw it all in together (into my nutribullet) and blasted the ingredients probably for about 30 – 60 seconds, stopping every few seconds to give it a little shake to ensure everything was getting blended.
Post blending, simply take out a small amount and roll in your hands to create the perfect size energy ball (the recipe is due to make 20 but I made 11 slightly bigger balls instead).
Once these are rolled, pop on a plate or in a container and keep refrigerated until you’re ready to eat. You can eat them straight away, but I recommend leaving them at least an hour so they ‘set’ and cool down.
They’re the perfect snack to pop in your handbag for when you’re on the go, or even take into work for a mid afternoon snack when energy is dipping. They give you a great boost, but also keep you going without the usual spike and lull of a normal ‘sweet snack’.
I’d love to know if you give these a go or have any alternative recipes I should try out?