Banish the afternoon slump with these nutrient packed and energy boosting cacao & coffee energy balls. These are so easy to whip together and the recipe uses lots of simple pantry ingredients.
Like all nuts, cashew nuts are a great source of essential minerals. You’ll get about 1/3 of your magnesium needs from one serving of cashews. Magnesium is a cofactor in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. And it’s vital in keeping your heart rhythm and blood pressure steady. If you don’t get enough magnesium, it puts you at risk of osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Cashew nuts also contain a range of antioxidants, like the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These are crucial for healthy vision and protect against light damage from UV rays and cataracts. The oats in this recipe means you get a heap of fibre — something most people don't get enough of. Fibre keeps you feeling full, controls blood sugar and helps ease constipation. The soluble fibre called beta-glucan in oats helps to reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol and also helps your body to fight infection. Next up, chia seeds! These seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids – they’re actually the highest veggie source of omega-3. Omega-3 helps ease inflammation in the body and plays a big role in your heart health. Another great thing about chia seeds is their ability to soak up extra liquid. This includes stomach acid so chia seeds are great if you suffer from indigestion and heartburn. So much goodness packed into each little bite!
- 50g oats (buy certified gluten-free oats if required)
- 50g almond meal
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- 1 TBSP cacao powder
- 150g cashew butter (or any other nut butter)
- 1 espresso shot
- 1 TBSP maple syrup
- 8 dates
- 25g 85% dark chocolate or cacao nibs
- In a food processor, blend the oats until they form a flour. If you don't have a food processor just keep the oats whole.
- Add everything but the dark chocolate to the food processor and blend until well combined - about 2 minutes. You might have to stop it a few times and mix it if the mixture gets stuck on the sides.
- With damp hands, roll the mixture into balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
*If you don't have a food processor just combine the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately and then mix them together really well.