Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Nut Energy Balls

Little Whisk's favourite sentence at the moment seems to be 'Can I have a treat please?'  After Christmas, and holidays, and being spoilt rotten by family and friends I am now trying to distract her from dreams of ice cream and marshmallows, and trying to convince her that mummy makes the best treats!   And let's be honest, it is not only toddlers that are drawn into the temptation of naughty holiday treats, I definitely overindulged over the last few months.  As I mentioned in my last post I am now on a bit of a healthy eating kick, but I am keen to make a healthier eating pattern more sustainable and less of the all or nothing approach that I have ended up with in the past.  Over the next few months, I am planning to bring more healthy recipes to the blog but I don't want to ignore the bakes, treats, and snacks that I love so I am going to be exploring some healthier alternatives.

As a starting point, I bring you these Chocolate Nut Energy Balls.  They are raw, vegan*, free from refined sugar and really yummy.  They are great for small toddler hands or in packed lunches, but are equally enjoyable for us grown-ups.  I find that just one curbs my craving for something sweet and is a perfect accompaniment to an afternoon cup of tea.   

 Perfect for chubby little fingers

Perfect for chubby little fingers

 RECIPE

Makes about 20 balls

Ingredients

6 Medjool dates, pitted

100g Pecans

100g Walnuts

50g Dark chocolate, 70%+ cocoa solids.  I used a naturally sweetened vegan chocolate that is free from refined sugar.

2 Tbsp Cacao nibs (optional)

2 Tbsp Honey* or maple syrup

2 Tbsp Peanut butter

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

METHOD

  1. Put everything in a blender and blitz for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture starts to form a dough.  The nuts should be broken down into small pieces and everything well combined 
  2. Use your hands to form into balls.  I didn't measure but probably used about a tablespoon of mixture for each ball.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least an hour to firm up.
  4. They can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for at least a week.

* If you are vegan then the honey can either be substituted for maple syrup or omitted.

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