A Sweet Treat for Your Heart, Brain and Soul!
– I recently ran out of my mum’s wonderful energy balls with dates, figs and cocoa – a super-delicious, sweet and healthy snack which is completely indispensable to me when I want to cut down on my refined sugar intake. I immediatly ran out to get the ingredients for another batch. However, the rebel in me wanted to mix the recipe up a little, and the result was these energy balls with chia seeds and walnuts. I’m a wild thing!
Actually, the thing was that the local supermarket only sold organic dates in 150 g bags, so instead of opening a second bag and risking that the left-over dates would dry out before I got around to using them, I figured why not try to substitute the last 50 g of dates for walnuts. The bitterness from the walnuts add a lovely balance to the super-sweetness from the dried fruits that are the main ingredient in these energy balls. Since I was already at it, there was no reason not to add some chia seeds also.
I like to use chia seeds for anything and everything when I remember it – from oatmeal and smoothies to omelettes and banana pancakes. They don’t taste of much if anything but are packed with goodies for your body. Both walnuts and chia seeds are full of healthy and nutritious oils, fats and minerals that can help you control your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, prevent cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and strengthen your bones and digestion. According to the Danish Heart Association, research shows that a daily intake of nuts can help you keep your weight down, lower your cholesterol levels and strengthen your heart. Meanwhile chia seeds contain both Omega 3 and 6 – 8 times more per gram than fish in fact – which are essential to the brain. Chia seeds are also packed with protein and fibres, so its all good!
These scrumptious energy balls with chia seeds and walnuts are deliciously soft and sweet like my original recipe and gives your body some brilliant extra nutritional treats to work with
Recipe – about 25-30 pc.
- 150 g dried dates
- 100 g dried figs
- 50 g dried apricots
- 50 g walnuts
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 large tbsp cocoa
- 2 tbsp (25 g) coconut oil with flavour
- 2 tbsp (20 g) oatmeal
- Desiccated coconut for coating
- Soak the dates in water for 4-5 hours if they are very dry and hard.
- Cut the dates and apricots in half and the figs in quarters and process them using a food processor or a mini chopper*. Add the rest of the ingredients (except from the desiccated coconut) and process until you have a nice and smooth mixture.
- Cover the mixture and leave it in the fridge for about 60 minutes – the mixture will be more firm but still sticky. Use two teaspoons to scoop up 25-30 bite-sized lumps of the mixture, use your hands to roll them into balls and roll them in desiccated coconut to keep them from sticking. Keep your energy balls with chia seeds and walnuts in an airtight container in the fridge and serve chilled.
*NOTE: If using a mini chopper, it is a good idea to add the fruit in 2-3 additions, chopping in between. When all the ingredients have been added and chopped, use a hand blender to finish the job and get a smooth mixture. A regular blender is not really fit for the job!