These are always a big hit and I’m often asked for the recipe, but I always make it up on the fly and never make them the same way twice. So by request(s), here’s an estimate of what I did last time. With these basic ingredients, you can’t really go wrong. Basically, if the mixture is too dry and doesn’t stick together well enough when you try to roll it into balls, then add a little extra melted coconut oil or warm water – add just about a tsp or two at a time, because you probably won’t need much extra, and once you add it you can’t take it back. If it’s too wet, process in some more walnuts or almonds.
Raw Chocolate Almond Energy Balls
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 cup medjool dates
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- pinch sea salt or Himalayan rock salt
- approximately 1/2 cup coconut flakes (to coat)
- Gently warm the coconut oil in a skillet on the stove, or set your glass jar in a pot of hot water to melt.
- Meanwhile, process the almonds, walnuts, and dates (pits removed) in a food processor.
- Add the cacao, almond butter, maca, cinnamon, sea salt, and melted coconut oil to the food processor, and process until well mixed.
- Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls in the palm of your hand. Roll each ball in a bowl full of coconut flakes to coat. An alternative is to roll them in hemp hearts instead of coconut flakes.
- Store in the fridge. These also freeze well.
The extra boost of energy in these goodies comes from maca: a delicious root herb native to Peru. Maca does not contain caffeine, but is great for providing increased, yet balanced energy levels. What I mean by balanced energy is that maca doesn’t cause the jitters followed by a crash, the way caffeine does, but offers a boost of clear-headed, smooth, level energy. It is also great at balancing hormonal levels, AND is an adaptogenic herb, which basically means that is supports you through stress and helps you to both cope with it and recover from it, whether the source of that stress is emotional, mental, or physical (an example of physical stress is running a marathon: even if you feel good afterwards, that’s still a huge stress on the body and it will therefore need some specialized, extra support). And the stuff tastes really good. To me, it smells sort of like peanut butter and jam. What is not to like?! You can find this goodness in dried powder form in most health food stores. If you want even more maca in your life and are a pill-popper, you can buy it in capsules as well, or sometimes as a concentrated liquid extract.
This recipe works fine without the maca, but I recommend it for that extra boost of deliciousness AND energy. I mean, if they’re called Energy Balls because of the maca, and then you skip on the maca… well now you’ve just made Balls. And that’s maybe not as great. Put some energy in your balls!
I love having these around for when I feel snacky or have friends over and want to be able to offer something quick and easy and delicious. I recommend them for potlucks and summer picnics and “the 3 o’clock wall” and dessert and anytime you need a bit of chocolate (which is pretty much all the time, in Candace Land).
Enjoy and snack on!