Want a snack that’s full of natural sweetness and energy but won’t give you a nasty sugar dip? At times I can suffer from low blood sugar, where I am overcome with a feeling of weakness and I desperately need to eat something. This usually happens a while after I’ve had a particularly sugary treat. For this reason I wanted to create snacks that will give me the sweet hit I love but without refined sugars involved.
After looking at a ton of energy ball recipes I created my own with what I had already in the kitchen. The only thing I made sure to buy was coconut oil, which I’d been wanting to try for ages. I’d read coconut oil was great for baking – it’s full of good fat and has a gorgeous coconut flavour (no surprise there).
Don’t worry if you don’t have all the ingredients I’ve listed below. Use what you like and have in your kitchen. For example if you don’t have the dark chocolate almond nut butter I’ve used then use regular nut butter and melt a few squares of quality dark chocolate. My energy balls taste really chocolatey and are crammed with nuts, sultanas and dates (which give a lovely truffle-like texture).
These energy balls are not only yummy and nutritious but they are super quick and easy to make. You can make a big batch and freeze some of them no problem. My recipe makes approximately 12 small/medium sized balls.
60g dark chocolate almond butter
60g pitted dates, roughly chopped
60g rolled oats
30g blanched almonds, roughly chopped
30g pecans, roughly chopped
10g pistachios, roughly chopped
1tbsp coconut oil (approx 30g)
Handful dessicated coconut to roll the balls in
In a small pot heat up the coconut oil and almond butter together on a low heat. Once both have melted together, chuck in all the oats, nuts and dried fruit and mix through well. Put the mixture into a bowl and place in the fridge for about an hour to firm it up. Once you feel the mixture is ready then start moulding the mixture into small balls and then roll them in coconut. And you’re done!