Almond and Baobab Energy Balls (Vegan)

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Before meeting my best friends girlfriend, she described me the best way I have heard anyone describe me; she likes baking and she always has snacks. I have no doubt she used some other words to adequately summarise me, but I always kinda liked the pithy description she gave.

You see, for a girl who suffers from severe hanger whenever she is away from food for too long, having snacks to hand is a simple solution so people (apart from the boyf, who has received all forms of abuse from me when I am hungry), don’t discover how truly evil I can be when hunger strikes. Being known as the girl who likes baking and always has snacks, is a much more innocent image that I am happy to portray.

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These energy balls are another result of the post-new year health kick trend, something that won’t probably last, but a girl can dream. Barely adapted from Delicious Ella Every Day, these enery balls are made with almond butter, dates and cacao, so are very decadent and sweet. You may be sceptical, but these are a delicious treat if youre in need for something sweet, but are trying to be slightly healthier. It is worth purchasing Baobab powder if you can get your hands on it (available in most health food shops), as it adds a fizzy, almost sherbet-y zing, but these energy balls will be delicious without too. 

Ingredients:

  • 200g almonds
  • 500g dates, pre-soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes and drained 
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp almond butter*
  • 4 tbsp baobab powder

Method:

  1. Blitz the almonds and cacao powder together in a food processor to finely chop the almonds 
  2. Next add the dates and almond butter, and blitz until thoroughly combined 
  3. Roll into bite-size balls and then roll in the powder
  4. Store in the fridge

* To make your own almond butter, roast 250g almonds in a 190oc oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and blitz in a powerful food processor for 10-15 minutes or until smooth. You will need to scrape down the sides of the food processor occasionally, and it may seem like it’s taking forever, but be patient! Store leftover almond butter in an airtight container for up to a few weeks.

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