Satisfy your sweet craving with Theresa Fowler’s SUGAR FREE recipe for Divine Energy Balls
Sugar, as most of you now know is everywhere, and if you have a sweet tooth, like the majority of us, at some point you will have struggled to find a way of satisfying a craving without reaching for a refined sugar option such as chocolate or cake!
Every now and again I still get the urge to have something sweet, but I also know that if I reach for chocolate (and these days it’s always dark and organic), it’s still difficult to keep to a couple of squares… so I generally choose not to succumb to that temptation. Instead I will satisfy my craving with something like these Divine Energy Balls.
These sweet balls are a better way of rounding off a meal than chocolate or cake. They can also be used as an energy boost between meals. Not only are they delicious, but if you’re up for experimenting with different ingredients, they’re also quite fun to make. Enjoy!
Divine Energy Balls
Makes 12-18 balls
- 2 cups of Medjool Dates, pitted and soaked for 30min
- 1 cup of Almonds soaked overnight, drained and peeled
- 1 1/2 cups shredded and unsweetened Coconut (not desiccated, which has been processed and is not healthy). Alternatively you can use Coconut Chips.
- 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Cardamon seeds
- 1 tsp ground Ginger
- 1/2 tsp pure Vanilla extract or 1/2 Vanilla Bean deseeded (optional)
- Place nuts in bowl, add 2 cups of pure water, cover and allow to soak overnight. Drain, peel, rinse and set aside.
- Pit the Dates, place in a bowl. Cover with pure water and soak for 30min.
- Using the S blade, add nuts to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add 1 cup of shredded Coconut, spices and Vanilla, and pulse until mixed.
- Add soaked Dates a few at a time, processing until mixed — the consistency should be like a thick paste.
- Spread the remaining Coconut onto a large plate. Take a tablespoon-sized bit of the Date mixture and roll between the palm of your hands into a small ball. Then roll the ball into the Coconut (you could also use chopped nuts, if desired). Repeat until mixture is finished.
You could also be creative and add ingredients such as Chia Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Maca, Lacuma and/or Spirulina. You can also try mixing in other dried fruits like unsulfured Apricots (they’re brown, not bright orange), dried Cranberries, Raisins or Goji Berries. Or why not try a combination of nuts, such as Almonds, Pecans, Hazelnuts and/or Walnuts.
These sweet treats will keep for up to two weeks in the fridge, but you’ll be lucky if there’s any left the next day! Yum ;0)
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