Today I am going to be sharing my recipe for these delicious energy balls – these ones are cashew and cacoa flavour.
This week has been hectic. I’ve been constantly on the go with work and spent a fair amount of time away from home with a short overnight stay in the North East of England. Healthy options have been limited but these energy balls a perfect for snacking on the go when you need a quick bite of something delicious. I love my job but it can be pressure-filled. I don’t always have time during the week to eat well so these are perfect for preparing advance and they are the perfect snack for enjoying at my desk.
What’s in these energy balls?
These energy balls are free of anything nasty. To ensure I get a bite of something sweet I’ve used dates. Dates are perfect for these as they’re naturally sweet and packed full of nutrients:
- Dates are a good source of antioxidants.
- They also have a low glycemic load which means they are good for regulating blood sugar.
- They’re also great for the brain, bones and blood pressure.
I also used cashew nuts. Cashews are one of those good fats you always hear about:
- They contain high levels of iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorus, and manganese.
- Cashew nuts promote healthy levels of good cholesterol
- They protect against high blood pressure
- Supports healthy muscles and bones.
The third main ingredient in these energy balls is the wonderful Cacoa Powder, seriously I love this superfood. You can add it to all kinds of things – smoothies, savoury dishes, cakes, porridge the list is endless. The health benefits of cacoa powder are numerous:
- High in calcium which promotes strong bones
- Can help reduce high blood pressure
- Can lower the risk of heart disease
- Full of iron, magnesium and antioxidants
- Can help with depression and stress
- Can reduce blood pressure
These energy balls are super easy to make, take about ten minutes and require no cooking. The only tool you’ll need is a food processor. You could also use a high speed blender if you don’t have access to a food processor. You may wish to pre-soak the dates to soften them but it isn’t essential.
These energy balls can be stored but I wouldn’t advise freezing them. To store place into an airtight container these can be kept for up to seven day in the fridge.
Easy, tasty and nutritious. What more could you want?
- 1 cup (150 grams) cashew nuts
- 2 cups (350 grams) pitted dates
- 3 tbsp cacoa powder plus extra for dusting
- Using a food processor or high speed blender pulse the cashew nuts until they resemble a powder like consistency. Put to the side.
- Add dates to the processor and pulse for thirty seconds. The mixture should be free of lumps.
- Mix together the dates and cashews along with the cacoa powder.
- Roll into balls and cover in cacoa powder.
- Enjoy! It really is that simple - three ingredients, 15 minutes and a tasty snack.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 90 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 49mg Carbohydrates: 15g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 11g Protein: 2g