It’s been some time since I posted a recipe for raw treats, even longer since we made energy balls, so when we were in the midst of an horrendous thunderstorm and planting had to stop for the day, the food processor was put through its paces and these are what we came up with.
Using lightly ground rather than finely ground Sweet Apricot Kernels and Sunflower Seeds, together with Raw Cacao Nibs, gives them a satisfying nutty bite rather than the fudge texture of most energy/bliss balls. Cacao nibs are dried pieces of raw cacao. If you can’t get Sweet Apricot Kernels, Almonds are a good substitute.
I’ve had a bar of The Raw Chocolate Company Ginger & Lemon raw chocolate for some time, waiting patiently for me to come up with a recipe. It contains tiny pieces of Fijian crystallised ginger which are really spicy! These were set aside when the chocolate was melted and used to decorate the treats.
These treats are packed with healthy ingredients including protein, iron, B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, healthy oils, and raw chocolate is mood-enhancing, so go on spoil yourself!
As always, these are vegan and gluten-free and they can be made nut-free if you substitute with other seeds, though the taste and texture will be a little different.
(All ingredients used were organic where possible).
Ingredients for basic energy balls:
1 Cup Organic Raw Mulberries*
1/2 Cup Sweet Apricot Kernels (ground)*
1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds (ground)
1/3 Cup chopped Medjool Dates
Juice & Zest of 1/2 Lemon (washed)
1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 Tbsp Cacao Nibs*
Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt
2 Tbsp Melted Cacao Butter*
Process all ingredients together until the mixture will stick together when pressed into a ball.
Make approximately 15/16 balls and place in tiny truffle cases.
1 x 44g The Raw Chocolate Company Ginger & Lemon Bar for melting + 1Tbsp Melted Cacao Butter
Break up the bar into squares and gently melt with the cacao butter in a bowl over a pan of hot, but not boiling, water, stirring until smooth. Set aside the pieces of ginger for decorating.
Dip the energy balls in the melted chocolate and cacao butter.
Allow the dipped energy balls to set a little before gently placing a small piece of crystallised ginger from the melted chocolate on top of each ball – it is quite strong so if you prefer, use a raw mulberry instead.
It’s also been some time since we got jiggy in the kitchen! Recently, I was sorting through old cd’s and rediscovered The Lemonheads, so here’s a video of them – not very good reproduction, but worth a revisit.
Copyright: Chris McGowan