I tried my hands at energy ball a few years back, but wasn’t entirely satisfied with the result. Somehow the mix of all those nuts and goji berries didn’t give me a “I WANT MORE” feeling. they did the trick energy wise, but where a bit deceiving taste wise. That’s why I had to come up with another recipe to take up hiking. Let’s face it when you are hiking a steep hill for three hours you kinda want some nice tasting energy. Well, I do. And thanks to my friend Ellin, I got a pretty good ideas of the basic ingredient to use for a nice flavor after getting her Paleo Balls recipe.
These energy balls are full of nature’s benefits and will surely give you a boost after long labor. Or just when you feel like something sweet but would rather not go for too much carbs… but still get the decadent taste of brownies! Yep, you read that right, they have the sweet flavors of freshly fudgy brownies.
I don’t bother using Medjool dates for this recipe because in New Zealand they are outrageously expensive and the cheap one works wonders. To make a purée, I heat them with water and then mash with a fork, but a food processor could give the same result if you soak the dates overnight.
The rest of the method is pretty simple once you got that purée: add all the ingredient to a medium size bowl and mix until it’s homogeneous. It takes a bit of effort to get everything together in a smooth mix, but that counts as work out, right? If you used a food processor for the purée, you could just add the rest of the ingredient and wiz until everything is together.
Once you have a smooth mix, time for balls shaping. Take a tablespoon of mix at a time and roll between your hands to compress the mix and form nice balls. The mix will stick to your hand and form a crust during this step. I haven’t found a remedy for that just yet, so I just wash my hand to remove it a couple times while I form the balls. Then you can either roll them in oat or coconut flakes to prevent them from sticking together in the jar you will put them or just eat them straight away. Your choice!
And here you are, with 30 energy balls ready to be packed in your back for your next hiking trip! Before that enjoy all the labor you just did and indulge with one or two 😉
Seriously, try it and tell me what you think in the comment section below!