Heavenly Chocolatey Energy Balls and No Sugar Required!
I am completely and utterly addicted to Ella Woodwards energy balls, taking particular pleasure in making batches and surreptitiously dropping a couple into fridges of friends with a “try one of those when you’re next sitting down with a cuppa”… And wait for the “what was that, I have to know” call, because it happens every-time… I have them totally hooked, I am the ball peddler!!
Actually I’m pretty much addicted to all Ella’s recipes, but this one is universally loved by friends and family, so simple and super healthy. Everyone should experience the balls of delight and get the opportunity to love as much as I do – I’m gushing I know but seriously trust me you won’t be disappointed.
So what are they…
An awesome alternative to a chocolate snack and super healthy to boot, jam-packed with the most amazing superfoods; Ella refers to her energy balls as “Little bites of perfect health”, sure are! The ingredients include: Medjool dates, now I’m not normally a date fan but these aren’t like other dates they’re fat, sticky and caramel tasting, chai seeds which are among the healthiest foods on the planet and prized for their ability to provide sustainable energy, almonds and walnuts also great natural energy boosters, coconut oil which is fast becoming the oil of choice because of health benefits, flax seeds, hemp protein and cacao powder which is the purest form of chocolate you can consume and a high source of antioxidants and magnesium, it all comes together like a creamy chocolate, nutty ball of goodness.
Energy balls are an amazing afternoon pick-me-up, especially as I’m out on the road a fair amount, replacing the previous habit of grabbing a chocolate bar from the garage which provided initial energy spike granted but boy did my skin pay for it the following day – anything with that much sugar sets my rosacea off like you wouldn’t believe!
Super easy and quick – I can make these in an advert break (as I did last night)
Ella uses cups in her recipe, but I’ve also put weights as I get confused by how big a cup to use! But this is her recipe written pretty much verbatim….
- 1 cup of medjool dates (400g)
- 1 cup of Almonds (200g)
- 4 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons of almond butter (you can make your own but I buy a jar from a good health food store)
- 2 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons of hemp or macca protein powder (optional as not always easy to find)
Start by placing the almonds in your food processor and whiz for 30/60 seconds, until the nuts have crumbled.
Then add the all remaining ingredients + 2 tablespoons of water, pitting the dates before adding those. Blend until a stick dough forms.Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls, place in the freezer for an hour then store in the fridge.
If like me you get hooked on these beauties then I’d highly recommend buying her book, it’s full of great healthy recipes and Ellas’ story in the forward is so inspiring, although my rocesca wasn’t debilitating like her illness it certainly effected my life adversely and putting the right food into my system has changed that completely.
If you want to understand just why we should be avoiding sugary treats have a read of the article we wrote explaining in more detail just how addictive sugar is, and why we need to be replacing it with healthy alternatives such as these: http://life-begins-at.co.uk/fighting-sugar-addiction/