Vanilla & Cacao Vegan Raw Energy Bites

I always have a stash of these in my fridge! These things are that perfect afternoon pick me up or pre/post gym nutrition.

You going to need a good food processor for this recipe. If you don’t have one or are unsure about the difference between food processors and blenders check out @DeliciouslyElla‘s blog post here.

What you will need;

  • Food Processor
  • 2 x Table Spoon
  • 1 x Tea Spoon
  • Large cup / mug
  • Medium Bowl
  • Nuts
  • Dates
  • Cacao Powder
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Maple Syrup
  • Chia Seeds
  • Peanut Butter

You can also add coconut oil if your food processor isn’t as powerful or if you would like to supercharge these energy balls with naturally good fats. I use coconut oil with everything already so I am not going to put it in this recipe as I prefer the creamy chewy almost fudge like consistency 🙂

It really doesn’t matter which nuts you choose to use, I love almonds as they are packed with Vitamin A which is great for my skin, nails & hair, but if I’m wanting a nice creamy texture I’ll opt for Cashews or Macadamia, if I’m in a chocolate craving space I will always use Hazelnuts to give me that irresistible Nutella style taste.

This recipe is all about the dates, I love using medjool dates as they give a warm, rich caramel style taste! Medjool dates are also ridiculously gooey and make the perfect biding agent to hold the balls together.

So the first thing we are going to do is blend the nuts. Take a cup of nuts and pop them in the food processor. Pulse until bitty and sand like.

Now add the dates, a cup full will do. You may need to take the stones out, so as you pull the date apart feel for any pips/stones, there may be 1 or 2 per date.

Then throw in some Peanut Butter. I love meridian nut butters and I prefer the smooth with a pinch of sea salt for making my home made treats. Add three heaped table spoons.

Next take a fresh table spoon and add two table spoons of:

  • Chia Seeds
  • Cacao Powder
  • Maple Sryup

Finally add one teaspoon of vanilla extract!

Then blend blend blend until a sticky ball appears in the food processor.

Now is the fun part – simply roll tablespoon portions into balls. Place on a plate or in a large bowl. Freeze for two hours then transfer to fridge.

These things will taste like healthy snickers bars but better!

Keep in the fridge for up to three weeks – but I am sure they will be all gone in a few days 🙂

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