These little beauties are my new favorite snack. Energy balls seem to be all the rage these days but many recipes contain a ton of fat from coconut oil. I wanted to make them lower in fat but with the addition of flax seeds, whose health benefits are extraordinary. When ground up these tiny little seeds are a magic elixir for just about anything that ails you. Studies show just a tablespoon or two a day helps bring down blood pressure and high cholesterol, they’re a rich source of lignans which may reduce cancer risks and are a great source of fiber and omega 3’s .
I also felt the need to add a little dark chocolate powder and some carob chips which produce a lovely rich flavor. Feel free to use whatever dried fruits you have on hand. Yes, you need medjool dates for the base but then add any other dried fruit you love, cherries, apricots, cranberries, golden raisins, whatever you desire. These balls only take about 5 minutes to make and keep in the fridge for at least a couple of days, probably longer but they always seem to be polished off pretty quickly.Print
Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Balls
A delightful vegan chocolate hazelnut treat.
1 cup medjool dates (pitted)
1 cup hazelnuts OR your favorite nut, cashews, walnuts, almonds etc or a combination totaling 1 cup
2 tablespoons dark coca powder
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup carob chips (or dark non dairy chocolate chips if you prefer)
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon non dairy milk
If the medjool dates are hard, place them in a heat proof bowl and pour boiling water over them. Leave for 10 minutes or until softened. Drain and proceed with the recipe.
Place the pitted dates and nuts of choice in a food processor. Run the processor until the nuts and dates have crumbled and look like breadcrumbs.
Add all the other ingredients and blend very well until the mixture comes together to a sticky dough.
Scoop heaping teaspoons of the mixture and roll into little balls. Place on a parchment lined plate and store in the fridge.
If you make these Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Balls be sure to tag me on Instagram! I hope you love them:)