The reason I made these is because I get low blood sugar if I don’t eat little and often, and I need to eat a snack that will sustain me without giving me that sugar crash like a chocolate biscuit would (I get what my husband calls Hangry – a cobination of Hungry and Angry!) I don’t have a very sweet tooth but I do ocassionally crave something chocolatey and these bad boys really cut the mustard, being just sweet enough, chocolatey enough and as a major bonus, healthy, as they are packed full of super foods too! They would be a great little gift to make a new mother who has just had a baby and is breastfeeding!
I adapted the recipe from several I found online whilst searching for easy no bake ‘energy snacks’ some were called power balls (nooooo that just didn’t sit right with me!) but I have called mine energy truffles as I dusted them in cocoa powder to give them a grown-up treat appeal!
Here are the ingredients and method:
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup LSA (if you ca’t find LSA – a blend of ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds – substitute with any ground nuts such as almond meal)
- 1/2 cup seaseme seeds
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (substitute for any other nut butter if you wish)
- 2 tablespoons runny honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- extra cocoa powder for dusting (optional)
First place the dates in a small bowl and cover with freshly bolied water. Leave for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile put all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. If you dont like or can’t find either the chia seeds or quinoa you can subsitute by adding extra seseame seeds, or whole sunflower seeds. (I made a batch without quinoa and they were less crunchy so this may appeal to some people.)
Drain and roughly chop the dates and add to the bowl.
Add honey and peanut/nut butter and vanilla extract and give a good stir! Now take teaspoon sized amounts of the mixture and with clean hands roll into balls. I guess mine were about the size of walnuts. Place on baking/greaseproof paper, and when you have used all the mixture simply drop each ball into the extra cocoa and dust lightly (this is optional though). Now layer in a airtight container between sheets of baking paper and chill in the fridge. I like them cold but you can of course eat them straight away! Bear in mind that after time the cocoa powder will ‘soak’ into the truffle so if they are a gift I would re-dust them in cocoa…