Sugar-Free Choc, Fruit & Nut ENERGY BALLS

Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: , Total Time: 5 mins

October 13, 2015

Eat Your Veg | Sugar-Free Energy BallsOoooo I’m a little bit addicted to these awesome balls of energy at the minute. Amazing shamazingly they’re sugar free too, at least in terms of added sugar content with their sweetness entirely derived from dates and any other dried fruits of your fancy. And choca full of so much other good stuff too, oats, nuts, unsweetened cocoa powder and coconut.  They also happen to be remarkably makable in minutes, just a quick blast in a food processor and a cursory rolling into balls. No baking required. What’s more The Monsters are big fans too, bonus, frequently requesting them after school as a healthy choccie hit.

I originally made the balls in the early Summer for the first group of kids at my after school ‘Healthy Snacks Club’, and admittedly it’s taken me this long to actually blog. Each week we make together one or two healthy bakes, makes or cakes to eat during the club and to take home for the families to sample too. Attempting throughout to use as little sugar as possible of course. And these choccie balls have certainly proved to be a popular and healthy success so far with the kids. More on the club in another post very soon, plus I’ll eventually be blogging all of my healthy snack recipes here too.

Eat Your Veg | Choc Energy Balls

The Good Stuff:

Dates, Apricots, Sultanas, Cranberries plus any other dried fruit you fancy to add, Nuts, Oats.



Great For:

Toddlers, Big Kids, Healthy Snacking, Making with Kids, Lunchboxes, After School Treats, Energy Boosts.



Notes:

Use a mix of any dried fruits you fancy, I particularly like a combination of a handful of apricots, cranberries and sultanas.



Special Equipment:

A food processor



Sugar-Free Choc, Fruit & Nut ENERGY BALLS

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Ingredients Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: , Total Time: 5 mins

To Make 20:
150g pitted Dates
180g dried Fruits and Nuts*
50g Oats
40g Desiccated Coconut, optional**
4 teaspoons Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
3 tablespoons Boiling Water
Coating: 40g Desiccated Coconut for rolling, optional**
* Dried Fruits, choose one or a mixture of: Apricots, Cranberries, Sultanas, Apple Slices, any other Dried Berries or Fruits
Nuts, choose one or a mixture of: Unsalted Almonds, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Cashew Nuts, Peanuts or any other nuts or seeds you fancy! Omit if nut allergic.
** Omit if you don’t like coconut!

1. Weigh out and place all the ingredients in a food processor.
2. Blitz until the mixture is fairly smooth and comes together in the processor. If it seems too dry add another tablespoon of boiling water.
3. Mould the mixture into 20 balls of deliciousness. Roll the balls in the remaining 40g of desiccated coconut if using.
4. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. WARNING: they won’t last long!

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