There are lots of recipe variations and I reckon as long as you use equal quantities of nuts and fruit, you could mix whatever you fancy. I soaked the nuts in hot water with a squeeze of lemon juice for a few hours – to remove the mould and lectins which coat raw nuts and cause digestive issues. I also soaked the dried fruit in hot water to rehydrate it and make it softer – the texture of these energy balls was smooth and moist, like a healthy chocolate truffle.
Ingredients (makes at least 20):
- 200g raw cashews
- 100g walnuts and brazil nuts
- 200g dates
- 100g cranberries (apple juice sweetened)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao
- Pinch of sea salt
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- desiccated coconut and raw cacao to coat
- Put the nuts into a bowl and pour over hot water to cover. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and mix well. Leave to stand for at least two hours before use (or overnight).
- Soak the dried fruit in hot water too for a smooth moist texture (optional).
- Strain the nuts and rinse them. Place them in a food processor and blend until smooth or a fine crumb.
- Strain the fruit and add to the nuts. Blend until smooth.
- Add the flavourings. Blend.
- Melt the coconut oil in a small pan. Drizzle into the food processor until thoroughly mixed.
- Place the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour to harden and chill.
- Roll a dessertspoon of the mixture into a ball with your hands. Roll the ball in coconut or cacao.
- Chill the balls thoroughly before serving.