No Refined Sugar Cashew and Cacao Energy Balls

 

 

I’ve based this recipe on a paleo bar that I picked up at a supermarket checkout a few weeks back. The price tag alone made me decide to make my own version and these are the result. They should keep for a good week or so in the fridge but I bet they won’t last that long. They could be rolled in chopped nuts as an alternative to the coconut, or even a little cocoa if you prefer them slightly sweeter.

Ingredients:

120g cashew nuts, soaked in water overnight
120g soft dates (soak these in boiling water if they’re really dry)
15g raw cacao powder
50g raisins
30g cacao nibs
1/2 tsp orange essence
Dessicated coconut for rolling

Method:

Drain the cashew nuts and reserve the liquid.

Place the cashews, dates (drained), raw cacao powder and orange essence in a processor and pulse until blended. Check the texture and if too dry add a drop of the cashew water.

Turn the mixture into a bowl and add the cacao nibs and raisins. Mid well until thoroughly combined.

Using a tablespoon measuring scoop for size, roll gently into balls and coat in dessicated coconut. Place on a plate and chill until firm.

Keep refrigerated.