Energy balls are becoming pretty popular, that’s probably because they are sooo simple to make and a great snack -I’m not a big advocate of snacks because they can inhibit the proper digestion of your previous meal (see blog on this), but if you’re needing a pick-me-up these are a great healthy option, packed with protein, good fats and antioxidants.
I’ve tried quite a few different types, and so has my baby, and there are definitely some that I have preferred over others, so now it is time to make my own so I can choose exactly what’s in them. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this recipe too, but you can also alter it too for your preferred taste.
The recipe I have finalised on is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, but as the name explains they are full of energy enhancing ingredients, so not great for a convenient dessert before bedtime, or for those who are highly stressed or anxious …also the ingredients might be quite rich for children (especially babies), so you could leave out the cacao and chilli.
(Makes 8 balls)
1 tbsp goji berries
1 tbsp chia seeds (pre-soaked)
1 cup of nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnut, brazil or a mix)
2 tsp of cacao powder
1/6 tsp of chilli (more or less to taste)
1/2 cup of pitted dates
3 tbsp coconut oil
Zest & juice of 1/2 lime
Desiccated coconut for the outer.
Maple syrup for added sweetness
Pop the contents into a bowl and add the lime juice and zest and the maple syrup and hand blend it in with a fork.
Separate the contents into 8 parts.
Prepare a surface for rolling (I like to use a marble cheese board as it’s particularly smooth).
Evenly sprinkle the desiccated coconut and ROLL!
Once you’ve got your balls ready, pop them in the fridge to harden, they should be good to go after about 2 hours.
Eat Well, Be Well,