I’ve been experimenting with some healthier snacks to help satisfy those chocolately cravings and energy slumps and have a really simple ‘go to’ recipe for chocolate energy balls. (I’ve tried lots of recipes and varied the ingredients each time to make them quicker and easier – I hate faff and also it saves getting the blender out which I hate washing up).
Pre-chopped dates from Holland and Barratt (usually 259g) which I then roughly chop again with a large knife to break them up a bit more. They’re drier than fresh dates but already chopped and they’re pretty cheap.
Ground almonds from Aldi (usually 180g) which act like flour to bind the balls together.
3 tablespoons of Two Chicks raw cacao powder from Holland and Barratt (you can also use it to make hot chocolate or sprinkle on yoghurt or porridge).
Chia seeds from Holland and Barratt (to bulk them out and also to coat them in for extra crunch).
2 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted in the microwave). I’m not a huge coconut oil fan but I use one from Holland and Barratt which has a strong coconutty taste perfect for making sweet stuff.
4 heaped tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter (I like Meridien which has no added sugar, salt or palm oil – it’s just plain blitzed peanuts).
A pinch of sea salt
A squeeze of honey.
This recipe makes around 30-40 balls depending on how big you roll them.
I mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl with a wooden spoon until everything’s combined into a big sticky ball. I then test it by taking a teaspoon of the mix and rolling it into a ball on a plate. If the mix is too dry add a little more melted coconut oil. If it’s warm the mix might need to be put in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up.
Roll the rest of the mix into small bite size balls, put them on a tray and stick them in the freezer for an hour to set before transferring to into a storage container.
They can be kept for a couple of weeks in the fridge or they also freeze really well!
* Variations I’ve tried include swapping half the dates for chopped dried cherries (not the glacier sugary ones), swapping the ground almonds for dried desiccated coconut and swapping the cacao for chocolate protein powder – which all work really well.
Let me know if you have a good recipe for a healthy treat!