In the context of our collaboration with Salty Souls Experience, we decided to share with you this delicious raw energy balls recipe from their chief, Ariane. They're really addictive and make the perfect post-surf snack. Enjoy!
Energy balls were my first contact with raw food! To me, it was a totally new concept, different and intriguing. A few years later, based on the memory of this first experience, I developed my own energy ball recipe to serve to the girls at the retreats in El Salvador. These things are great to make in advance, so you can grab them on your way out! But be prepared… they disappear quickly. Not only are they gone in two bites, you need to hide them from the staff!
The dates contain natural sugar and the cocoa has an intense flavour, meaning these nutritious bites satisfy all levels of sweet cravings. They contain fiber, protein, Omega-3, magnesium and antioxidants. These balls are a great way to finish a meal, snack or recover after a surf session. Personally, I like to keep them in the freezer!
↠ Ingredients ↞
Makes about 20 balls
1 cup of raw almonds (not roasted)
1 cup of walnuts or raw cashews
1 cup of dried coconut, grated unsweetened
2 cups of pitted dates
¾ cup of raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons of maple syrup or agave syrup
3 tablespoons of whole chia seed
3 tablespoons of almond or soy milk
1/8 teaspoon of Salt
Suggestions for coating (optional)
Crushed cacao nibs
Raw cocoa powder (or mixture of cacao and cinnamon)
Dried coconut, grated unsweetened
↠ How to ↞
1. Place almonds and walnuts in the food processor for a few seconds to coarsely chop and combine the ingredients. Add all the other ingredients and blend until mixed.
2. Form balls about 3 cm in diameter. Roll the balls in the coating of your choice, if desired. Store in a refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container (a.k.a a tupperware).
By Ariane Brien Chicoine
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