Energy balls are by far my favourite sweet treat to snack on! They are super easy to make and so handy when you feel that niggle for something sweet.
I’ve been trying out different ways to make energy balls without copious amounts of dates or other fructose sweeteners, without comprimising the ‘sweetness’ and finally these were born! With only a little bit of agave used to sweeten and not a date in sight (story of my life!). If you follow my blog you will know none of my creations contain refined sugars, I still try to be cautious to how much fructose I am eating every day.
These little wonders turned out a lot better than expected, considering it was a “whatever I have in my cupboard” kinda creation, AND I didn’t plan for them to taste like Ferrer Roches, that just kinda happened! (I will be making these on the reg for suuuure!).
Now before I go on I just want to add that the whole time I was making these I was singing Chef from South Parks song, “Chocolate salty balls” and it is STILL stuck in my head now…. so I guess that’s what these are! ‘Justines Chocolate Salty Balls’, but for the sake of this blog post I’ll stick to Vegan ‘Ferrero Roche’ protein balls!
Anywhoooo, moving on…
I know what you’re thinking, such delectable little treats are to be enjoyed in moderation, right? Well, what if I told you that you can have that amazing chocolatey, nutty taste you get from a Ferrero Roche without the guilt? Yep, you heard me right. Coz’ I’ve come up with a healthy version filled with nothing but good-for-you foods! You are welcome!
So here’s what I did.
What you will need:
- 1 cup mixed raw nuts. (I used mostly cashews and hazelnuts with a few almonds in there).
- 1 cup gluten free oats.
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder.
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder. (Vegan friendly if following vegan diet)
- a pinch sea salt.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons agave syrup. (Maple syrup will also work).
- 2/3 cups creamy raw nut butter (cashew or almond work well).
- 2 tablespoons almond milk. (Natural, sugar free).
- 1/4 cup of coarsely chopped nuts to roll on top (optional but great for an added crunch!).
How to make them: (makes around 15 depending on the size)
1. Place nuts and oats in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. (I used a nutribullet and used the ‘S’ blade. Only needed 10-15 seconds of blending!).
The mix should be slightly chunky to help hold the balls together.
2. Place nut and oat mixture in a large mixing bowl and stir through the cacao, cinnamon, vanilla extract, protein powder and sea salt. Add the nut butter and agave syrup.
3. Using your hands, rub the ingredients together. The mix should be quite dry and will not stick together.Gradually add in the almond milk, using your hands to work the moisture through the mixture.
5. Once mix starts to come together, shape mixture into balls.
6. Roll in chopped nuts and store in an airtight container in the fridge to harden up before serving.
I hope you enjoy my chocolate salty balls as much as I do… (wow that sounds wrong on so many levels! You catch my drift!).
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