These delicious addictive snacks contain no refined sugar or gluten but still heavy on the sweet stuff from the dates. They’re jam packed with plant proteins to keep you energised alongside essential nutrients, phytonutrients, good fats, prebiotics, probiotics and antioxidants to keep the rest of your body systems humming. These are way better for you than a chocolate bar or biscuit as an afternoon pick me up. I recommend them to my clients & the models I work with as a snack to keep on them to avoid junky snack temptations when they're out & about. Good as a post workout snack too and kids absoloutely love them, especially on lollipop sticks! Who could resist. All that and they take literally minutes to make...what are you waiting for?!
Makes about 25 balls depending on size
1 cup pitted medjool dates (about 6 ish)
1 cup of almonds
1 cup of walnuts/hazelnuts or brazil nuts - pic your fave
2 tbspn chia seeds ( I like The Chia Company)
2 tbspn pumpkin or sunflower seeds
2 tbspn goji berries
Optional 1 tablespoon protein powder ( i use The Organic Protein Company for whey or Pulsin for pea or hemp protein)
1 tspn raw cacao powder (BodyMe cacao is my fave)
2 Tablespoons of nut butter (like Pip & Nut's Almond & Coconut)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
(It doesn’t matter which cup you use, as long as you use the same one to measure all ingredients)
Place all the nuts and seeds into a food processor (or a very strong blender) and whizz for about 1 minute or until the nuts have crumbled down and a flour forms.
Then throw in the rest of the ingredients and keep blending until a sticky dough forms.
Use your clean hands (and any helpers around the house!) to roll the mixture into little balls - if you want you can use goji berries, more chia seeds or dessicated coconut to coat them in, then place in an air tight container and let them set in the fridge for about an hour. Then they’re ready to be devoured! Keep them in the fridge and they should last 4 or 5 days.
Other options for decorating them include cacao nibs, superfood powders like Acai, or dustings of cacao powder.