Saturday, 18 April 2015

Healthy Almond Chia and Chocolate Energy Balls




If you have been reading this blog for a long time you may have noticed that something has changed around here. I haven't been posting as regularly as I was due to other commitments, but also my content has changed slightly. In the beginning I started this blog as a beauty blog since that was what interested me, but as time has went on I find myself actually wanting to write about other topics more and more and one of the things I'm obsessed with right now is cooking nutritious foods and I have been discovering some amazing and pretty delicious things to eat with nothing bad in them at all. But the best thing is that these are all pretty simple to make for those of you who maybe have families or are generally just a bit pushed for time.

I am a little obsessed with Nakd Bars so I knew it was only a matter of time before I tried to make my own version, and these did not disappoint. They are packed full of healthy protein from the nuts and chia seeds while the raw chocolate powder and dates pack so much flavour. Sweet yet sooooo simple, and these keep for ages too so you can store them in the fridge in an airtight container and pack one with you as an 'on the go' snack for work, school or college! You can also try adding anything from dried cranberries to cacao nibs to oats to make them sweeter or more filling and switch almonds for any other nuts!

Ingredients (Makes about 10)

1/2 cup almonds
1 cup large medjool dates (not the normal dried supermarket kind as these won't hold the mixture together properly)
2 tbsp. chia seeds
2 tbsp. raw honey or Canadian maple syrup
2-4 tbsp. raw cacao powder depending on how much chocolate flavour you want

Method

In your food processor or blender whizz the almonds (or any other nuts for that matter) around until they form a powdery like substance and then add all the other ingredients along with a couple of tbsp. water and blend until mixture is sticky and coming together.

Its up to you how much water you want to add but be careful not to add more than 2 tbsp. as then the mixture won't hold together properly and they won't set.

Pre heat the oven and then on a baking tray roll the mixture into little balls and spread out. Place in the oven for about twenty minutes or so until the mixture is set together. You can also 'set' these by placing them for a couple of hours in the freezer but I always feel like things with nuts in taste far better if they have been toasted in the oven.

Simple!

Would love to know what you think of this recipe? Do any of you guys try to branch out and cook using only raw foods?
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4 comments

  1. This post has made me very hungry!
    I need to give these a go for a guilt-free snack.
    Leanne xx
    nailsandteapots

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  2. Oh, these look amazing! Thank you for sharing, I may have to try making these ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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  3. They look so yummy, such an easy recipe too I've seen a few similar recipes that always include hard to find ingredients at least yours has easy to source ingredients…definitely going to give this recipe a try hopefully will satisfy my chocolate craving xx

    http://www.rinicawrites.com

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  4. This look delicious - I also love Nakd bars, especially the ones with the crunchy bits :)

    Faye x
    i wish i could wink

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