These delicious and healthy energy balls are free of refined sugar and quick and easy to make! They are also vegan. Suitable for paleo diets too!
As a new vegan I've been experimenting with lots of different ingredients to create snacks that are easy to prepare, free of refined sugar and require little time investment. I'm on the go constantly. I have a busy, stressful job, a family and of course this blog so I don't have a lot of time. It can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy sugar packed snacks but I needed something better.
These vegan energy balls fill my need for something, sweet are easy to make and are perfect for snacking on in the office or at home.
The main ingredients of these energy balls are dates to give you that sugary sweet hit without the refined sugar, peanut butter for a delicious taste and to keep the mixture moist and cocoa powder to give you that great chocolatey taste.
To get started, line a baking sheet with parchment or greaseproof paper. We'll use the tin to set the energy balls and the greaseproof paper to stop the balls sticking to the tin. You'll need a tin large enough to hold 20 energy balls.
Add the dates, pecans and cashews to a high speed food blender. You can of course vary the nuts that you use - almonds and walnuts are good alternatives.
Blitz until there are no lumps present. Make sure the dates and nuts are uniformly combined.
Add the cacoa powder, salt, peanut butter & milk to your blender and process until mixture sticks together. If you'd prefer you can replace the peanut butter with almond or cashew butter. As for your plant milk. I use almond milk but soya, coconut and oat milk are great alternatives. You can also use cocoa powder instead of cacoa powder. It doesn't have as many health benefits as cacoa but taste wise it won't make much difference.
Roll your mixture into balls and roll in the remaining cacoa powder and place them on the baking sheet.
Place in the fridge to set.