Whenever I made these chocolate and orange energy balls people absolutely loved them! The texture of these are slightly more crumbly and that is because I don’t use as many dates as shop bought ones. While dates contain dietary fibre which helps relieve constipation, Wathey are also very high in glucose, which means your blood sugar will sore high and whatever it’s not used by your body for energy it is stored by your body for later in the form of fat. So these energy balls a lot kinder to your waistline:).
However, nuts are in incredible source of good fats which are essential for our health.
- Almonds – High in monounsaturated fats, have a high content of fibre which regulates blood sugars as well as vitamins and minerals;
- Walnuts – Rich in omega 3 and antioxidants and serotonin which lifts depression;
- Hazelnuts – High in monounsaturated fats, vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant), manganese essential for development and metabolism;
- Sunflower seeds – good source of polyunsaturated fats, magnesium, vitamin B6 and some iron.
Chocolate and orange energy ballsPrint Recipe
- 250 g almonds
- 100 g walnuts
- 200 g hazelnuts
- 7 medjol dates
- 50 g sunflower seeds
- Zest of 2 oranges
- 3 tbps of cocoa powder
When at home: soak the nuts and seeds over night to remove the phytic acid (found within the hulls of nuts, seeds and grains). This is indigestible for humans so the best way to reduce is by soaking. Another way is via lightly toasting the seeds and nuts. Place the almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts on a baking tray and put in a heated oven (at 180 degrees) for 4 min. In the last min of toasting add the pumpkin seeds. These will quickly toast.
Pit the dates and place with all other ingredients in a food processor. Blitz for around 4-5 min or until fine crumbs and hold together when pressed.
Shape the mixture into balls.