Dried Cherry Chocolate Energy Balls
In 2014 when I joined the lovely team of people in the Robert's Creek Hall on Wednesdays to sell Hooray's newly created dark chocolate vegan truffles at the Roberts Creek Farmgate Market these amazing chocolatey energy balls were on our roster of sale items and were my favourite.
My body type does the best with many small meals in a day and so as a self professed grazer these energy balls are great for blood sugar stability and energy.
This recipe includes one of our all time favourite sweeteners: dates, and also raw cacao which is a powerful nutrient dense superfood. What will you find in raw cacao you ask? Magnesium, and other essential minerals such as calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese. Also present are polyphenols, antioxidant rich flavonoids, vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C, essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid, fat, protein, and fiber.
Gone are the days of high carb lunches with the inevitable crash at about 3 pm. The eating strategy that works the best for me now involves a well rounded whole food, plant based lunch with snacks such as these always on hand. :)
1 cup raw almonds
½ cup raw cacao
½ cup dried cherries
2 cups dates, pitted - we use organic deglet noors
½ teaspoon himalayan pink salt
In a food processor, process the almonds until finely chopped.
Add the pitted dates, cocoa and salt and process until the mixture is finely chopped and sticks together when you squeeze it between your fingers. Add cherries and process again until well combined.
Using a tablespoon at a time roll the mixture into one-inch balls.
Store in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for 3 months.
Recipe adapted from Tina @ Scaling back. :)