I went raw vegan in 2012. The main reason I was so willing to try such a drastic lifestyle change was because it said I could still eat desserts. I hear you laughing out loud. Reading that I could eat chocolate made from natural foods completely sold me. I’m a dessert girl and I want to eat it all. This was my very first recipe attempt and has been a favorite ever since. I present to you my chocolate energy balls.
A healthy chocolate treat
If you’re looking for something healthy to cure your sugar cravings without eating nasties, then this is the perfect treat for you. It’s also great for kiddos and a great activity to make with them. (Parental supervision needed when using dangerous kitchen equipment of course). Let’s keep it to the rolling of the balls maybe 😉
Why are these considered energy balls?
These energy balls contain natural sugars and thus you will get a boost of energy from them. Unlike added sugar the sweetness comes from dates and because dates have a lower GI (Glycemic Index Score) and contain fibre, your insulin levels will not spike very high.
If you eat the whole batch in one go, you will overdo you daily calorie intake and might feel on a sugar high. I recommend only one or 2 of these a day. Don’t feel bad if you eat four in a day…. I’ve done that recently. No judgement here.
The 6 ingredients
With only 6 ingredients, it’s hard to believe that these chocolate energy balls can be so tasty. What I have come to learn is simple is best.
These energy balls contain:
Dates – I use medjool dates as they are soft and so sweet.
Cacao or cocoa powder – if quality of chocolate powder is important to you, use raw cacao powder. It is slightly more bitter and is stronger in flavor but if you don’t have this or are on a tight budget using cocoa (as long as it’s not sweetened or has additives) is perfectly fine.
Pea protein – if you don’t have this leave it out but I love adding a touch of protein because vegans never get enough protein right? (Kidding of course!). If you like the taste of protein, feel free to add an extra tablespoon.
Almonds – almonds or any nut add a nice crunch and texture to the ball.
Coconut oil – the oil helps to bind this recipe and makes it easier to roll the balls.
Salt – just a pinch. Have you ever wondered why salt gets added to pretty much everything including desserts? Well, that’s because salt brings out the flavors of foods.
Equipment needed to make these chocolate balls
If you have a food processor, lucky you! But if not don’t fret! You can still make these in a blender if you have a high powered one. I use my Vitamix but if you have a nutri-bullet that should work too although you will have to stop it more frequently.
If you have a standard home blender, you can try soaking the dates in hot water for 20minutes first, drain them and then give this a shot. Your mixture won’t come out as smooth, you may need to add more coconut oil and you might have to freeze your mixture into chocolate molds first as they could be too moist to roll out. Regardless, the taste will be delicious.
These chocolate energy balls are
- Customizable – add any nuts/seeds/fried fruit to them that you like.
- Quick to make
- A perfect gift
I really hope you give these a try. Especially if you have massive sweet cravings or are looking for healthier treat alternatives. These will change your life…. I promise they are that good.
Chocolate energy balls
- Food processor or blender
- 18 medjool dates
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp pea protein powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/8 tsp salt
- In a food processor or blender, add the almonds and pulse until roughly chopped. Remove from the blender.
- Remove the pits from the dates and add to the blender along with the powders and salt.
- Process for a couple of seconds until mixture combines.
- Add the oil and almonds. Process for a bit longer until all is combined.
- Remove from the jug and roll into 10 bite sized balls. These can be smaller or bigger but the nutritional information is based on 10.
If you want another healthy dessert for a special occasion or just to treat yourself, also give this vegan Tiramisu a try.
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Until next time, happy cooking.