Chocolate-Nut Energy Balls

Who doesn’t need it? at work, on the go or at home, it happens quickly that the last meal was a while ago and you could use a small snack! It is of course tempting to resort to unhealthy and often unsatisfactory variants. However, it is better to be prepared! These incredibly delicious energy balls are ideal for such a situation. As the name suggests, the small balls are prepared with heaps of healthy and nutritious ingredients, so that a real power snack is created! The energy balls are quick to prepare! All you need is a powerful multi-chopper that mixes everything well for you. You can then store them in the fridge for a few days and eat them little by little as you wish! They are also ideal as a small to-go snack at work or as a hiking snack!

Recipe by Lisa Lehmann

Recipe:

For 10 Energy Balls
30 min preparation time

Main ingredients:
1/2 Cup (120 g) nuts (a mixture of cashew, hazelnut, almond)
1/3 Cup (80 g) dried dates
1/6 Cup (40 g) of dried apricots
1/4 Cup (60 g) oats
1/4 Cup (60 g) peanut butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
a dash of almond milk
a pinch of salt 

Ingredients for the filling (optional):  
1/4 Cup (50 g) peanut butter
1 tbsp (15 g) plant-based butter
2 tbsp ground almonds
1 tbsp sweetness (e.g. agave syrup) 

Preparation: 

  1. Put the dried dates and apricots in a bowl, add hot water, and set aside. 
  2. For the filling, heat the plant-based butter slightly and mix it with the remaining ingredients until a creamy mixture is obtained. Place the filling in a small container in the freezer. (This way the balls can be filled better later!). This is an optional step and the balls taste just as good without the filling. 
  3. Put the oats with the nuts in a multi-chopper (also separately depending on the power + filling quantity), chop into “flour” and set aside.
  4. Put the soaked, dried fruits with the nut butter, the pinch of salt, and a dash of almond milk (it’s better to add gradually than too much at once!) In the multi-chopper and mix well. 
  5. Put the ground nuts and oats with the dried fruit mixture and cocoa powder in a large bowl and mix well with your hands. 
  6. Now it’s time to shape the balls: Take the filling out of the freezer and shape them into balls about the size of hazelnuts. Shape the other mass into a ball, press it flat, and use it to coat the nut filling. Energy balls, about the size of a walnut, should result. 
  7. The finished Energy Balls are best kept in the refrigerator, where they will keep for several days.

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