I love health conscious cooking. I make a variation of these dateballs almost every week because they’re so quick and easy. These nutty energy balls are made with wholesome ingredients. They are refined sugar free and full of fibre, protein and healthy fats.
This snack will keep you going until your next meal. It is a natural no-bake recipe that’s much more nutritious than supermarket packaged cake or biscuits.
If you are trying to cut down on refined sugar, or you need to satisfy a sweet tooth. This easy dateball recipe is ideal, as long as you can stick to just one a day!
You can adapt this recipe in so many ways. You can add any flavouring you prefer, my favourite for this recipe is ground ginger because it gives them a warming kick and goes so well with the chocolatey cacao taste.
These energy balls also travel well so they are perfect for packed lunches. They’re a great nutritious snack for the whole family.
Weight Loss Nutrition Tips
Snacking on foods like biscuits that contain refined sugar is highly likely to cause cravings. Sugar and refined carbohydrate snack foods will probably make you feel hungry within an hour or so. Snacks are not recommended for everyone, especially if you are trying to lose weight.
It is always best to concentrate your diet on savoury foods with a balance of fibre, protein and healthy fats that will help stabilise blood sugar. This will also help you to feel fuller for longer. If you are trying to lose weight I would advise these energy bites as an occasional food or for active days only.
Recipe Nutrition Facts
This dateball recipe is free from refined sugar, dairy, gluten and vegan.
Dates- sweet and tasty, although high in natural sugar they are packed with nutrients and fibre. They are high in heart healthy potassium and antioxidants which are protective.
Cacao powder- this is the raw unprocessed version of cocoa powder which is often called a super-food. It provides high levels of phytonutrients and mood enhancing compounds. Raw cacao also contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Nuts- offer various nutritional health benefits along with protein, essential fats and fibre. Almonds contain calcium, vitamin E and heart healthy flavonoids. Walnuts are high in protective antioxidants and omega 3 fats.
Easy Cacao Energy Bites Recipe
- Food processor
- 1 cup medjool dates stoned
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup almonds
- 4 tbsp hemp seeds shelled
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 4 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground ginger optional
- Add walnuts and almonds to the food processor and blitz until fine texture.
- Add cacao powder, hemp seeds, salt and ground ginger and pulse until combined.
- Add stoned dates, melted coconut oil and maple syrup blitz until combined into a dough texture.
- Form into balls about the size of a rounded tablespoon
- Roll in extra hemp seeds or desiccated coconut and refrigerate for about 30 minutes until firm.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for 1 month.
For more nutrition facts for nuts: https://www.nutritionvalue.org/Nuts%2C_raw%2C_cashew_nuts_nutritional_value.html
If you are looking for another quick and easy recipe my healthy Leek and cauliflower soup is low-carb, nutritious and delicious.