Date Energy Balls with cashew nuts, almonds and blueberries, a healthy no-bake snack that is perfect for times when your sweet tooth craves a treat. Super delicious, with no refined sugar added, these bites are naturally gluten-free.
There are plenty of energy snacks out there you are labelled as super healthy, and yet, if you read the labels carefully, you realise some (if not most of them) are anything but healthy. Lots of hidden ingredients, none of them healthy at all, and super processed. Not to mention ridiculously expensive.
So, why not make our own energy balls with no added refined sugar or any sweeteners? They are quick, super easy to make, and they keep well in the fridge for days. Like my Chestnut Truffles, they make a fantastic snack any time of the day.
Now, be mindful that dates do have a high amount of sugar, be it natural. I know it's not the same as refined sugar, but I wouldn't have too many at the same time. Everything in moderation, and balance is always the key to a happy life.
- cashew nuts - unsalted
- blueberries - fresh
- dates - pitted
- desiccated coconut
- just add the dates, cashew nuts, almonds, desiccated coconut, and blueberries, and blitz for 10-20 seconds
- we don't need a smooth paste, actually it's quite nice to have some bits in there
- shape into balls, and serve either straight away, or chilled from the fridge
Unlike dates, blueberries are very low in natural sugar, along with all berries, as a matter of fact, so that's great. I love berries of all kind, they are delicious and so healthy too!
So all we need for this recipe is a good blender, chopper or food processor that can blitz together the ingredients. Smaller blades are not that great at blitzing nuts, so ideally we would need a food processor that has larger blades.
Can I make these energy balls without dates?
Well, that's a good question! Dates are the binding ingredient here that keeps the bites together. Their stickiness are just perfect, and the balls hold their shape very well.
If you'd rather not use dates at all, try adding another binding ingredient, like any nut butter, peanut butter being a very popular choice. Just the blueberries won't be enough to keep everything together.
Can I give shape these energy bites into bars?
Absolutely! All you need to do is line a small rectangle or square baking tray with non-stick paper, spread the processed mixture onto it, and press well with the back of a spoon or glass for the mixture to be firmly set. Chill in the fridge for one-two hours, then cut it into bars.
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Date Energy Balls
- 1 cup cashew nuts
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup dates
- 2 tablespoon desiccated coconut
- Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor.
- Blitz for 10-20 seconds, then shape into balls.
- Serve either straight away or chilled from the fridge.
- So all we need for this recipe is a good blender, chopper or food processor that can blitz together the ingredients.
- Smaller blades are not that great at blitzing nuts, so ideally we would need a food processor that has larger blades.