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Raw Energy Balls

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I hate to brag, but I’m kind of famous for my balls.

So, I suppose it’s high time I shared the recipe.

These little bite-sized snacks are perfect for keeping your energy up throughout the day, because they’re dense in protein and slow-releasing sugar. They’re solely responsible for keeping me sane this past month.

The cool thing about energy balls is that the base is always the same – just nuts, dates, cacao butter*, and a pinch of salt. And then you let your imagination run wild, to create all sorts of different flavours and textures. I like to use cacao nibs for crunch, coffee powder for a kick, or moringa powder to make them all pretty and green (and it’s fashionable to coat things with moringa these days don’t you know).


My favourite base recipe uses almonds. Because when are almonds not a good idea?

This base can then be played with, added to and changed, ad infinitum, to your own personal tastes. Just – no bacon, please. Cos that’d be sacrilege.

*Solid cacao butter is pretty easy to find in organic shops these days. It just needs to be melted down in a bain-marie for use in cooking, much like coconut oil.

Raw Energy Balls

Makes about 20 gooey morsels

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  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup soft medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp melted cacao butter (you can also use coconut oil but the result with be squidgier)
  • a pinch of salt

Optional add-ins:

  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs, or,
  • 2 tsp coffee powder, or,
  • 2 tsp moringa powder, cacao powder or acerola powder, for rolling
  1. Pulse chop the dates and almonds together in a food processor, until you get a paste.
  2. Add in the cacao butter and salt. Pulse again.
  3. Scoop out the mixture, and add in the cacao nibs if you want some crunch, or the coffee powder if you want a bit of depth. Place mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  4. After the mixture has hardened, roll into bite-sized balls, coat with whatever powder floats your boat, and then place the balls back in the fridge.
  5. Kept in an air-tight container in the fridge, the balls will keep for a week. They make perfect snacking material and are sublime with a grilled green tea, say, Genmaicha. Mmmm…
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Hope you have a ‘ball’ making these tasty little morsels. Hur hur hur.

Let us know what your favourite combo of yummy add-ins is. And don’t forget to tag your culinary exploits with #veggiemagnifique. We love to admire your creations. 🙂


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