Nourish - Raw Crunchy Nut Energy Balls
These delectable raw crunchy nut energy balls are made with cacao, almond and dates that are then mixed with silky coconut manna (coconut cream) to give it a melt in the mouth sensation.
The addition of dehydrated buckwheat/buckini * gives them a pleasant crunchy bite.
This recipe will make 12.
For the Date Caramel
- Blend 200g (about 12) of dates and 100ml of unsweetened almond milk in a processor.
You may need to soak the dates for an hour or so if they are very hard.
- Add the almond milk gradually until it has reached a smooth spreading consistency. It may need more or less milk to achieve this. This ‘caramel’ will keep in the fridge for up to a week.
For the Crunchy Nut Energy Balls
- Gently soften the coconut manna in a heatproof bowl over a basin of hot water to bring it to stirring consistency.
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, adding each item separately and ensure everything is evenly combined.
- Form the mixture into 12 equally sized balls (or pack into moulds) and roll them in the shredded coconut or cacao powder to coat.
- Chill for a few hours before serving.
*Prepare the buckwheat by soaking and dehydrating as described in the Raw Buckwheat Granola recipe.
These raw crunchy nut energy balls are a staple in my fridge. They’re such a great pick-me-up when it gets to 11 and my breakfast is starting to wear off.
They’re sweet and yet loaded with healthy fats and protein to keep me satiated.
Since these energy balls are made with cacao, almond, dates and coconut cream, they have an outstandingly satisfying texture. That plus the crunchy addition of dehydrated buckwheat gives them a great bite that brings them up to new levels of moreishness! Is that a word? I’m not sure!
Throw them in your snack bag, gym back, post-yoga snack pot or simply grab them out the fridge when needed. These energy balls provide instant energy combined with a good hit of protein and healthy fats to overall nourishment.
Kasha (also known as roasted buckwheat) is a very good source of manganese and a good source of copper, magnesium, phosphorus and dietary fiber. Buckwheat is also a good source of high-quality protein, containing eight essential amino acids.
You can also use raw buckwheat in this recipe, but first, you soak it overnight and dry it in a dehydrator or low oven. Instructions are given in Raw Buckwheat breakfast recipe.
Raw cacao butter is made from the cacao bean. The bean is cold-pressed at low temperatures in order to separate its oil, which is then made into cacao butter. It is sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and full of antioxidants.