Easy Energy Balls – A Sweet and Healthy Snack
– I must admit that I have a particularly well-developed sweet tooth. I do also put my heart and soul into nurturing it, feeding it with lovely dark chocolate and homebaked goods in good times and providing it with comfort food in times of hardship. And sometimes it can take over control with all my good intentions and become slightly dominating. The fact that cupcakes are my new hobby doesn’t exactly help, neither did the Easter holiday which recently came and went with overwhelming (and overly delicious) amounts of candy and cake. So when my mum came to visit for a few days, I talked her into making a batch of her delicious energy balls made entirely from dried fruits, oatmeal, coconut and cocoa. Yum!
My mum’s recipe is inspired by the energy balls they make at our favourite organic baker in Odense. They look like a traditional Danish Christmas confection called oatmeal balls, which are rich with cocoa, butter and powdered sugar, and I could try to pass them off as similar to those. But there is really no reason to do that – they are pretty amazing in their own right!
Personally, I think it has become a bit of a sport to present trendy raw food recipes as something they’re not. In my humble opinion, you cannot make a cheesecake without cream cheese. Similarly, I have a hard time accepting a chocolate cake with neither chocolate, flour, sugar or eggs. I just get so dissappointed when I sink my teeth into something that does not at all taste the way I thought I’d been promised – instead of enjoying something that could really be delicious in its own right AND be healthier for the body than most other things I like to feed my sugar cravings with.
On that note I return to the case of my mum’s homemade energy balls. They have a lovely soft and smooth consistency, are bursting with sweetness from the dried fruits with an exotic cocoa and coconut twist, and best of all they provide your body with some lovely natural ingredients to work with. So allow your sweet tooth to sink into these delicious little fruit sugar bombs and enjoy them with good conscience – though with a little moderation, remembering that fruit sugar is still sugar
Recipe for homemade energy balls – about 30 pc.
- 200 g dried dates
- 100 g dried figs
- 50 g dried apricots
- 1 large tbsp cocoa
- 1 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, adding a little at a time if using the latter (NB! A regular blender is not really fit for the job). Add the rest of the ingredients (except from the desiccated coconut) and process until you have a nice and smooth mixture. If you use a mini chopper you will probably need to switch the mixture into a bowl and finish processing with a hand blender.
- Cover the mixture and leave it in the fridge for about 60 minutes – the mixture will be more firm but sticky. Use two teaspoons to scoop up 30 lumps of fruit mix, use your hands to roll them into energy balls and roll them in desiccated coconut to keep them from sticking. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge and serve chilled.