These energy balls are great for a quick pick-me-up, perhaps while out walking or as a small afternoon or morning snack. They are vegan, gluten and allergen-free; and a source of beneficial fats, protein and fibre. They are also refined sugar-free but do still contain sugar so be sure to keep them as a treat; and remember they contain caffeine so are better enjoyed earlier in the day.
Matcha powder (available in health stores) can be pricey; a cheaper alternative is the Pukka Matcha Chai Latte powder which contains matcha powder, coconut milk powder and spices. You may find it in larger supermarkets, or the health food store. If you are using the chai powder, don’t add the additional spices in the recipe.
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- 1 cup of oats (gluten free if required)
- ½ cup of desiccated coconut
- ½ cup of ground flax seed
- 1 cup of pitted dates
- 1 tbsp matcha powder (or Pukka matcha chai latte powder)
- 2 tsp of dried spices of your choice: try nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom (optional)
- Soak the dates in warm water while you prepare everything else, to soften them
- Place all the other ingredients in a blender
- Drain the dates and add these to the blender
- Blend into a paste. The mixture may not look like a paste at first but will stick together when you start to mould it
- Take a tbsp of the mixture at a time and with clean hands, roll into a ball and place on a plate. Continue until all the mixture is used up.
- Leave the balls to set in the fridge for an hour.
- The balls will keep well in the fridge for a week or you can freeze them. Some people like them frozen, straight from the freezer.
You could also try adding 2 tbsp cacao nibs or cacao powder for a nutritious and chocolatey alternative.