Tuesday, 21 June 2016

RAW ENERGY BALLS




These Raw Energy Balls are so super easy to make, with just 3 basic ingredients to form the chocolatey dough, and the option to add whatever toppings you like! They have a delish fudgey texture, and taste way more indulgent than they actually are. With no refined sugar or nasty hard-to-pronounce chemicals, these are the perfect substitute to a choccy bar which is full of god knows what.. Instead you know exactly what went into them as you made them with your own bare hands!!

Keep reading for step by step instructions on how to make these fudgey lil balls of deliciousness!

You will need:
Pitted Dates (I used approx. 2 cups of Medjool Dates)
Nut Butter (I used 2 heaped tablespoons of Peanut butter)
Cacao or Cocoa Powder (I used 2 heaped tablespoons of Cocoa)

For the decorations:
Pistachios
Desiccated Coconut 
Cocoa Powder

Instructions:

1. To start I would recommend soaking your dates for a little while to soften them up, but this also depends on the strength of your food processor! If you're using medjool dates like me these are already pretty soft so you can just pop them in the food processor straight away. Then add in all of the peanut butter and get blending!

2. Next add the Cocoa Powder gradually bit by bit, and keep blending in the processor until the ingredients start to bind to form a 'dough'. Trial and error is key here, just keep adding cocoa until you get the right texture. If it's too dry balance the cocoa out with a bit of PB and vice-versa!
You will know it's done when it all comes together in one big ball of dough. 

3. Then, remove that doughy goodness from your food processor and put in the fridge ASAP! This stuff can get super gooey at room temperature so you want to ensure it is cool when you start to roll it out!

5. Next up, prepare your decorations! This is the fun bit so be as creative as ya like. I love to use pistachios and coconut as they add a bit of colour, texture and sweetness to the mix. The classic dusting of cocoa also works great and makes these look like profesh little truffles! 

6. Once your decorations are all prepped, take the dough out of the fridge and separate into as many parts as you have different decorations (I split mine into 3) You can then roll it out by hand into little balls, truffle size!

7. Finally, take each ball and roll it in your topping of choice. To do this cover either a bowl or a plate with the ingredients and roll the ball around to make sure it is fully covered with the topping; finish by rolling in the palm of your hand to remove any excess. 

Et voila! Healthy-ish sweet treat that will have you bouncing with energy!
Perfect for a light brekkie to start the day, or an afternoon pick me up. Or even a fancy treat to take round to your pal's for tea.
Enjoyyyyy! x

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