Snacks

Raw Vegan Energy Balls
(No Refined Sugars or Syrups)

Quick, simple & easy, these raw vegan energy balls are a handy on-the-go snack. Packed with nutrients, protein, fibre and healthy fats, the sweetness comes 100% from dates, so no refined sugars or syrups. The fibre helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, giving you a more sustained source of energy.

Recipe

Raw Vegan Energy Balls

Portion: 20 balls

Original: 

  • 1.5 cups dates (250g)
  • 1 tin chickpeas (240g drained weight)
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut (160g)
  • 1/2 cup nuts (80g) – I used almonds
  • 1/2 cup seeds (60g) – I used a mix of sunflower, sesame, chia and pumpkin.
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Optional: seeds, desiccated coconut or cacao powder to coat.

Chocolate:
Add 4 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder (or divide the above mix in half and add 2 tbsp to half for a mix).

Chilli Chocolate:
Add 4 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder or 2 tbsp to half + cayenne or chilli powder to taste, or chilli oil. 

Nut butter:
Add 2 tbsp nut butter or 1 tbsp to half.

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend together.

    *If using a small blender such as a Nutribullet, it’s best to blend in batches (approx. 1.5 cups at a time works well).
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  2. Scoop out into a large mixing bowl and mix well.
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  3. Take a small portion (about 30-40g) and press together in your hand. Then, using both hands roll into a ball. (If the ball falls apart, you need to press the mix together a couple more times). Repeat!
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    4. Optional: Coat with seeds (chia and sesame work well) or cacao powder, desiccated coconut etc if desired. To do this, get a little coconut oil in your hands and rub over before rolling in the seeds etc. Powders should stick without this extra step. 

    5. Optional: Place in the freezer for an hour to help set, then remove and store in the fridge (or eat) as you like.

Storing: These energy balls store really well in the freezer, so you can always have a batch ready!

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