Recipe: Healthy date energy balls
AS much as I like eating dates as they are, I do enjoy making them into healthy and mess-free snacks more. This one here is a favorite of mine and so easy to make. Plus it is gluten-free and can be made dairy-free.
250 grams nuts of your choice 8-10 dates
1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil/butter (optional) cinnamon or cocoa (optional, to taste)
PUT your nuts into a food processor and grind them as finely as possible. If you already have them in meal form, you can skip this step.
Blend the dates, after pitting them, until relatively smooth. While in the blender, add the nuts and continue to blend them together for a bit.
To make the balls a bit smoother and richer in flavor, you can add butter at room temperature or coconut oil to make them vegan. Cinnamon or cocoa (or a mix of both if you are into that) can be added as well. I personally prefer a tablespoon of cinnamon in this recipe, but you may want less. Knead the mass with your hands to get the ingredients well incorporated.
Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and bake them at 160 degrees Celsius (320 degrees Fahrenheit) for a minimum of 15 minutes. The longer the balls bake, the tougher they will be. Technically, you don’t even need to bake them, but the heat will help hold their shape for longer.
YOU don’t have to add raw nuts; you can use the slightly pre-roasted variety, but that means you’ll have to watch over them when baking.
You can dip these balls into chocolate to make them extra delicious, but that may detract from the “healthiness” for some. You can also cover them in shredded coconut or oats; go crazy with it.