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The best energy balls in the world…ever!

on June 9, 2013

date & peanut butter energy ballsI came across this recipe for “No-bake peanut butter, coconut, date power bites” and had to share it with you! I decided to make some to take to a lovely little festival called Wildheart, which was just outside Lewes, East Sussex at the end of May. And they went down a treat!

You could really feel the energy they were giving you and we were able to keep going for hours (although the copious amounts of raw chocolate may have had something to do with it too!) They’re completely natural, very easy to make and require no baking. They are quite sweet, but that’s down to the dates, honey and peanut butter, so as long as you use good quality peanut butter they contain no refined sugar. My favourite is Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter, but you can only get it in Nelson, NZ so it’s a bit far to go to stock up! However, I’ve just discovered they now have an online UK store – result! Other good brands include Meridian and Whole Earth.

The only thing I would change next time is to cut the nuts and dates up smaller. Although the honey and peanut butter are good for binding everything together, I did find it a bit tricky to make them stay in their balls and had to add more honey to help them stick. So I think having smaller chunks would be better.

Anyway, here’s the recipe, which I’ve adapted slightly from the original:

(Makes about 20 balls)
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 20-25 chopped pitted dates
• 3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts & almonds
• 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
• 1/4 cup sesame seeds
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/3 tsp grated nutmeg
• 1 tsp vanilla extract (not flavouring)
• 1/3 cup runny honey
• 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
• 1/2 cup shredded (or desiccated) coconut

Mix together the oats, dates, nuts, seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add the vanilla, honey and peanut butter and mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then, using your hands, mould into small balls and roll in the shredded coconut. Store in fridge until ready to eat. Enjoy :0)

You could also experiment with various substitutes, such as: flax, poppy or chia seeds instead of (or as well as) sunflower and sesame seeds; almond, cashew or brazil nut butter instead of peanut butter; pistachios, walnuts or pecans instead of (or as well as) hazelnuts and almonds; almond extract instead of vanilla extract. The possibilities are endless!

I might make some more for a camping trip next weekend so I’ll let you know how the second attempt goes. Maybe I’ll even get them looking like actual balls this time…

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