For this month’s entry to the Suma Blogger’s Network, I’m sharing a recipe for one of my all-time favourite snacks – Chocolate Rose Energy Balls ♥ They taste more like a decadent treat than a snack, yet they’re packed with nutrient-rich energy-fuelling ingredients.
Filled with wholegrain oats, nuts, dates and cacao, each ball provides a healthy does of protein, heart-healthy fats, slow release carbs, as well as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are really satiating, so I find that just one is enough to fill me whenever I need an energy boost or afternoon snack.
They’re easily portable, so perfect for stashing in backpacks for day trips and bike rides. They also make a great after school snack. Lil’ L loves them!
And you’ll be pleased to hear that they couldn’t be easier to make. It’s literally a case of whizzing the ingredients in a food processor and rolling into balls.
They’re attractive enough to leave naked or you can dress them up with a coating of sweetened coconut.
Hands on time: 15 minutes Ready in: 15 minutes
50g / ½ cup rolled oats (use certified GF oats, if needed)
40g / ¼ cup raw cashews
35g / ¼ cup raw walnuts or pecans
115g / ½ packed cup pitted Medjool or other soft, sticky dates
2 TBSP cacao or cocoa powder
1 TBSP rose water
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 TBSP cacao nibs, optional
22g / ¼ cup desiccated coconut
1 TBSP coconut sugar
Place the oats and nuts in a food processor and whizz into fine crumbs. Add the dates, cacao/cocoa powder, rose water, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt. Process until the dates are completely broken down and the mixture starts to stick together. Add the cacao nibs, and continue processing until the mixture starts to come together in a ball. Taste test and add a touch more cacao/cocoa, rose water or sweetener, if desired.
Scoop level tablespoons of the mixture and roll into balls.
Mix together the desiccated coconut and sugar in a shallow container and roll the balls to coat.
Chill before serving (they will firm up as they chill).
Stored in an airtight container, these energy balls will keep for weeks in the fridge or freezer.
All the products used in this recipe are available from the wholesale cooperative Suma which supplies independent health food shops in the UK. Two of the star ingredients I used to make this recipe were Zaytoun Medjoul dates and Steenbergs Organic Rose Water.
I’m a huge fan of Suma and very proud to be part of their Blogger’s Network ♥
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