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Coconut & Chocolate Energy Balls

Coconut & Chocolate Energy Balls

No bake chocolate energy balls that taste like a treat even though they’re healthy!

At only 15p per energy ball, snack time just got a whole lot more exciting!


These guilt-free coconut & chocolate energy balls don’t taste like they should be good for you… That is, they actually taste really good! ๐Ÿ˜›deliciously ella cacao coconut energy balls

If you’re after an alternative to a vending-machine chocolate bar to see you through that afternoon slump then these chocolately nutty bites are the perfect snack. The cocoa & dates satisfy your sweet tooth while the rest of the ingredients give you that much-needed energy boost. Plus, you get healthy fats from the coconut oil, which we know is aaall the rage right now โ€” just read what the Harvard Medical School has to say about it!

These chocolate energy balls, combined with my home-made trail mix, make a great combination of snacks to always keep around the house. With the trail mix you can meal prep a big batch and it keeps for ages. Then, with the energy balls, you can stick them in the freezer and keep them for months โ€” taking them out to quickly defrost when you need one.

I found the original recipe, ‘Coconut and Cacao Bites’, on the Deliciously Ella website but sadly this now appears to have been taken down. (Good job you can find a version of the recipe here instead!) Her range of energy balls are now selling in mainstream supermarkets so you don’t have to take my word for it that they’re pretty darn good! Initially, I thought that all of the ingredients would end up making these super expensive. But turns out I can buy everything I need from my local Aldi, making them surprisingly cheap!


Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: none needed | Servings: makes 20 energy balls
Essential kit: blender/food processor
Cost? I paid ยฃ3.08 for the whole batch

Ingredients

Full Instructions

Blend it all up:

150g whole nuts; ~80g desiccated coconut; 4 tbsp nut butter; 2 tbsp cacao powder; 1 tbsp coconut oil; 80g dates (with pits removed)

  1. Add the nuts and dessicated coconut to a blender/food processor and blitz for a minute or two until a flour starts to form (see photos for consistency)
  2. Add in the nut butter, cacao powder and coconut oil then blend for another minute until combined
  3. Add the dates in one by one while the food processor is still on
  4. Keep blending until everything combines together to form a sticky mixture

Roll out the coconut & chocolate energy balls:

~20g desiccated coconut

  1. Roughly roll the mixture into 20 balls
  2. Spread the remaining dessicated cocount out on a plate and roll the balls in it until covered
    *alternative* you can skip this step completely if you don’t want this much coconut

Storing the energy balls:

  1. You can keep the coconut & chocolate balls in the fridge for up to 3 weeks
  2. Or you can keep them in the freezer for months โ€” just defrost fully before eating!


Final thoughts from The Hungry Hungry Husband?

Stick ’em in your mouth and suck ’em! … See here immediately if you’ve no idea what I’m talking about!”

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