Chocolate Espresso Energy Balls

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This is is a piece I did for a wonderful blog called ‘Queen of the Mile’. The recipe was created for cyclists in particular (hence the espresso, cyclists love their coffee stops) but it’s an amazingly healthy snack for anyone….

On my quest for sweets-without-sugar, I fell in love with chocolate energy balls and now I can’t imagine my life without them.  These dinky little snacks are easy to make, they taste incredible and more importantly, they are packed with energy.  The ingredients are fibre rich and have a hint of espresso so all you need is one or two whilst out riding (not that I have a problem eating half a dozen).  Amazeballs.

Almonds will help you sustain energy because they are packed with protein.

Dates are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre so within half an hour of consuming them they will boost your energy.

Oats are high in complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre which means they give you slow releasing energy.

Ingredients (for 16-18 balls):
1/2 cup of almonds (you can also use 1/2 cup of almond flour if your blender isn’t particularly strong)
1/2 cup of oats
1 cup of desiccated coconut
1 200g pack of medjool dates (must be MEDJOOL dates)
3 tbsp cacao powder
3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 shot of espresso
1 tbsp agave syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Method:
Blend the almonds, oats and desiccated coconut for a few minutes until it becomes a flour.  Then add the cacao powder and cinnamon and blend for a few minutes.  Boil the kettle and make a shot of espresso (I used 1 tsp in a quarter of a cup of hot water) then add this and the peanut butter and blend again until everything looks even.  Lastly add the agave syrup and pitted dates (add the dates one at a time through the top of the food processor, dates vary massively in stickiness so it’s good to check after every few whether you are happy with the consistency). You should easily be able to mould the mixture into balls.  I use around 1tbsp of mixture for every ball.

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