If any of you follow me on my Instagram, you may have gathered from my often long winded captions, that I’ve given up all refined sugar and a lot of any kind of sugar too. I decided to make this change, as this was really the only part of my diet that I was letting myself down with. I would cover every meal with some kind of sauce (usually ketchup). I would drown my porridge in honey and high-sugar fruits. I would chew gum all day and crave that sugary snack at about 3pm when I slumped in energy. I wouldn’t be able to have a tea or coffee without sugar and I’d always have a hot chocolate after dinner. Yes, I know, my sweet tooth is on another level!
No one is perfect, I will still allow myself to go out for drinks on the weekends with friends, enjoy naughty treats, and allow for naturally occurring sugar in my diet (but try to limit this) because otherwise my life would be an UTTER bore. I am really determined to stick to a whole foods, sugar free diet day to day though. Since I started, my energy levels are much more constant rather than spiking, I feel much stronger, and fitter in the gym AND I’m losing that stubborn bit of fat. I am starting to crave what my body actually needs rather than my sugar addiction getting in the way of what I really need.
However, this is the reason for my inactivity on my blog, because I’ve been trying to steer away from all things sweet! Now that I’ve got over the hardest bit, I am ack to baking, because I trust my body to eat naturally occurring sugar, without then craving 101 oreos, 36 tubs of ice cream, and thousands of sweets. So here I am, back to healthy baking, and oh… what a surprise, it’s a chocolate recipe!!
These energy balls are everywhere these days; they’re such a fab snack, and a perfect solution to that afternoon slump, when you’re in need of some energy and that ‘sugar’ hit. I’ve come up with two recipes, one for the chocolate lovers like me, and the other for the peanut butter addicts, oh, that’s also me. My energy balls couldn’t be easier to make and they’re of course raw, if that floats your boat. They’re great for snack prep, as they keep for a long time in the fridge, and can even be frozen if necessary. Pop a couple in your lunch box every day and away you go!
ENERGY BALLS TWO – WAYS
Prep time: 15 minutes (each)
Setting time: 1 hour
Irresistibly tasty balls of goodness. Made with only natural, whole ingredients, and so quick and easy to whip up. What’s your excuse to have a chocolate bar over these? Two options of flavour: choccy-orange and peanut-coco, there’s one for everyone, so get stuck in!
Author: Goodness Grace
Recipe: Dessert, Snack
Dietary Info: Raw, Vegan, Dairy-Free, No Refined Sugar, Gluten-Free.
Makes: 13 balls per flavour
FOR THE CHOCOLATE ORANGE FLAVOUR
- 100g almonds
- 50g dessicated coconut
- 100g dates, pitted
- 50g cocoa powder, plus extra for coating (I use pure, sugar free)
- 50g puffed, toasted oats (I use rude health)
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- Pinch of salt
FOR THE PEANUT COCO FLAVOUR
- 50g peanut butter (I use Meridian)
- 50g dessicated coconut
- 50g dates, pitted
- 50g dried apricots
- 1 tsp cinammon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1tbsp coconut oil
INSTRUCTIONS (follow for each flavour):
- First, add the nuts and dried fruit to a food processor and blend for around 1 minute until fully ground.
- Then, add the rest of the ingredients and blend for another minute until the mixture has come together
- Using a tablespoon as the measure of size, spoon out the mixture and roll each tablespoon into a ball shape
- For the peanut coco flavour, it is easier to firmly press each side of the ball rather than trying to squeeze it together. This mixture tends to be slightly more crumbly.
- For the chocolate flavour, sprinkle a good layer of cocoa powder onto a plate, and roll your ball around the plate to coat it.
- Once all the mixture has been rolled into balls, place in the fridge for 1 hour to firm.
- I like to keep mine in the fridge, as they last longer, but this isn’t necessary if you think you can eat them quick enough!