When I’m craving chocolate, nothing else in the world will do. And with no chocolate within arms reach, what can you do? My go-to is usually to throw together energy balls. They’re super simple, healthy, and satisfy my most intense chocolate cravings.
I’ve come up with my own method to making these over the years – there’s no exact recipe but if I had to write it down I would put it as follows:
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2-3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs/hemp seeds (optional)
Add walnuts to a food processor and blend until roughly ground. Add an equal amount of pitted dates and process until the mixture looks like halfway-to-a-dough. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until a sticky ball forms. You can test the consistency by taking a small piece of the mixture and rolling it into a ball. If it rolls nicely and sticks together with no signs of crumbling, you’re good to go. I also like to take this opportunity to test it – if you want more sweetener etc., add it.
Take a heaping tablespoon, roll into balls, and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. You can eat them as is and they taste best at room temperature, however if you want to take it to another level you can dip them in chocolate.
To do this, first put the energy balls in the freezer for about fifteen minutes and prepare your chocolate. Gently melt some coconut oil (about 3 tablespoons or so.) Whisk in an equal amount of cacao powder and remove from heat. Mix in about 1 tablespoon of cold maple syrup. If it doesn’t thicken at all upon adding the syrup, add a little more. Mix in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and pinch of salt.
Dip all or half or drizzle them with chocolate, and place them back in the freezer for 30 minutes. Now take them out and enjoy! They have a yummy chewy brownie texture out of the freezer and more of a dough texture at room temperature.