The ultimate energy bites: vegan, gluten free, dairy free
Posted Dec 11 2012 10:28am
These energy balls are filled with all the most amazing super foods in the world – almonds, walnuts, hemp protein, flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut oil, raw cacao, cinnamon and medjool dates.
They really are little bites of perfect health. Although of course they are unbelievably delicious too!
The most awesome thing about all of these ingredients is that they’re almost all totally packed with all kinds of awesome plant proteins, hemp protein being the richest sources of plant protein available, which means they give you buckets of energy and keep you bouncing around all day long. I love having one for breakfast with my blueberry and banana smoothie to ensure I start the day in the most delicious, healthiest way possible! They make an amazing afternoon pick-me-up too, way better than any chocolate bar. Make some on a Sunday night to keep in your fridge all week, that way when you get a snack attack it won’t upset your heathy eating!
The fun thing about these though is that they really are just as delicious as any chocolate bar. I know that sounds ridiculous, but trust me on this one – I was a sugar addict once too! The subtle hints of raw cacao totally satisfy your chocolate cravings anyway, while also giving you one of the best, richest sources of antioxidants, even better than berries! This subtle chocolatey-ness combines so perfectly with the nutty almonds and walnuts, the creamy coconut , caramel tasting dates and spicy cinnamon to create such an amazingly wide range of insane flavours that will just melt-in-your-mouth! Amazing.
They also only take 3 minutes to make and require almost no washing up, which is always fantastic!
Makes 15 – 20 balls, depending on size
- 1 cup of medjool dates
- 3/4 of a cup of almonds
- 3/4 of a cup of walnuts
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of hemp protein powder
- 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon of water
Start by placing the almonds, walnuts, ground flax seed and chia seeds in your food processor. Blend for 1 minute, until the a flour forms and the nuts have crumbled.
Then add the remaining ingredients, pitting the dates before adding those. Blend for another minute until a stick dough forms.
Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls, place in a bowl and store in the fridge.
Bite and enjoy! Just try not to eat them all at once!