Cocoa Lime Energy Balls
These Cocoa Lime Energy Balls are chocolatey but not too rich, fresh and zesty thanks to the lime, and lighter than the classic energy ball as I've reduced the nuts and used oats instead. Delicious, nutrient-rich and energy boosting, these balls make the perfect snack. Their handy size makes them easy to transport and stash in your bag for snacking 'on the go'.
- 22 g / ¼ cup desiccated coconut
- 1 TBSP coconut sugar
- 50 g / ½ cup rolled oats (quick oats, not jumbo)
- 43 g / ¼ cup cashews
- 35 g / ¼ cup walnuts
- 2 TBSP cacao or cocoa powder
- 120 g / ½ cup soft sticky dates, pitted
- ½ – 1 tsp zest from an unwaxed/organic lime
- 2 TBSP freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- 2 TBSP cacao nibs, optional
Mix together the desiccated coconut and sugar in a shallow container.
Place the oats, cashews and walnuts in a food processor and whizz into crumbs. Add the cacao/cocoa powder, dates, lime zest, lime juice, maple syrup and salt. Process until the dates are broken down. Add the cacao nibs, and continue processing until the mixture comes together in a ball. Taste test and add a touch more cacao/cocoa, lime zest or sweetener, if desired.
Scoop level tablespoons of the mixture. Roll into balls, then roll in the coconut sugar mixture. Repeat until all the dough is used. Chill in the fridge (ss they chill, they will firm up).
Stored in an airtight container, these energy balls will keep for a week in the fridge, or for weeks in the freezer.