I don’t know about you, but I’ve literally spent the last two weeks eating nothing but Cadbury’s Roses (good times) but what in gods name have Cadbury’s done to their wrappers? The once delicately wrapped choccies I used to twist straight into my mouth have been replaced with what looked like assorted condom wrappers. Thanks a lot Cadbury’s, thanks for ruining Christmas… Okay so I still ate two tubs but this isn’t over Cadbury’s, a strongly worded letter will be winging it’s way to you when I can be bothered to write and post one.
Until then, I shall be making my own chocolates — mainly because I am now addicted to Cadbury’s Roses and need a healthier substitute for January. Happy new year every body.
Cocoa & Coconut Energy Balls
Makes 12-14 balls / takes 5-10 mins + chilling time V Vn
180g ready to eat dates
50g porridge oats
50g good quality dark chocolate (no less than 70% cocoa)
50g nuts of your choice (I used a mix of cashews, almonds and pecans)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp flaxseed mill (I use lindwoods milled flax, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds and goji berries)
4 tsp cold water
2 Tbs desiccated coconut (optional)
1. Blend the dates, oats, chocolate and your choice of nuts together in a blender until you have a paste. (I use my nutribullet but a food process will do just fine.
2. Add half a tsp of cinnamon, 2 tsp of flaxseed mill and 4 tsp of cold water. Blend again until combined and a bit sticky.
3. Turn out and divide roughly divide the mixture into 12. Using your hands, roll each ball into a walnut sized ball before placing it inside a sealable container (it’s okay if the balls touch but don’t put them on top of each other). Once rolled, I like to roll half of my balls in desiccated coconut for a bit of variation but this is optional (tastes really good though so I recommend it).
4. Pop them in the fridge to chill and eat as and when desired. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
If you’ve had a go at making my energy balls or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale firstname.lastname@example.org