Let me share with you a fridge/freezer staple of mine – energy balls!
Packed full of superfoodie-goodness they are the perfect grab’n’go snack as you head out the door in a fluster or when cosying up on the couch with your evening cuppa. They keep for approx. two weeks (if you live alone and have amazing self-restraint!) in the fridge but I like to keep mine in the freezer where they last even longer. Don’t worry when you freeze them they tend to stay cold rather than turn rock hard.
I make all sorts of variations of these all the time depending on what flavours I'm feeling! It’s fun experimenting and figuring out what ingredients work well together – especially when you get to eat so much of them as you make them!!
Many recipes for these kind of ‘Bliss balls’ or ‘Bon-bons’ can be found online but most use protein powders, which personally I just am not a fan of. I don’t really buy into the protein-craze that seems to be sweeping the globe and as you’ll know if you have read my ‘Food As Fuel’post; you can see a little more of my thoughts on it there. If you are choosing to use a protein powder though I would recommend sourcing a good plant-based option, such as pea, rice, hemp or sacha inchi proteins which you can find online or in health stores.
Recipe 1: Coco-Goji Balls (pictured above left)
100g dates (soak dates in hot water for 15mins first)
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup goji berries
In a processor, blend the nuts, then add the dates.
Add the gojis and coconut next but only slightly blitz; I like plenty of bite to mine so I only blend for a few seconds.
Wet your hands and shape the mixture into balls before rolling in toasted coconut flakes or crushed pistachio.
Recipe 2: ‘Nuts About You’ Chocolate Bites (pictured above right)
These guys contain Maca – the superfood known to balance hormones, increase energy and stamina and is somewhat of an aphrodisiac! Making my heart shaped moulds and romantic name for these little guys all the more fitting!
2 cups of nuts – I used hazelnuts, almonds and a few walnuts but cashews work great too
4-5 tbsp soaked dates
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp maca powder
Pinch of sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Blitz all ingredients except the dates then once broken down and combined add the dates.
Easy peesy lemon squeezy!
Roll into balls or press into moulds as I did above!