Chocolate, Raisin and Pecan Energy Balls

Chocolate Raisin Balls

This one is for you snackoholics.

These dinky balls of energy (which taste as good as any dessert) will always have a place in my fridge. They take no time at all to make, they require little skill in the way of baking and they are made with just one kitchen utensil: the food processor. All the ingredients are natural and there are so many incredible ways to make them depending on your preferences. I carry these with me to keep me going when I feel that afternoon slump coming on.  Or before and after workout. So actually whenever. Eat these whenever.

You can buy flaxeed and cacao powder in Honestly Healthy in Hoylake/Heswall or Heswall Health in Heswall. I even think Tesco now stock cacao powder. It is worth shopping around for the cheapest and keeping an eye out for when Holland and Barrett have their penny sales. Also make sure you use medjool dates to make these, other types of dates just aren’t sticky enough.

Ingredients:
1 cup of pecans
1 cup of flaxseed
3 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 cup of raisins
4 medjool dates

Method:
Add the flaxseeds and pecans to your food processor and blend until a flour is formed, usually about a minute. Add your cacao powder and blend again for a minute or so, until the mixture is now a dark brown. Add your coconut oil and almond butter and blend again for another minute. All of the mixture should now be evenly sticky. Lastly, remove the pits from your dates and add them to your mixture with the raisins and blend for another few minutes. Once you have finished you should be left with a sticky mixture that is easy to shape into balls. I use a tbsp per energy ball. Store these in the fridge.

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