I’m not pretending any real degree of originality for these – there must be as many recipes for energy balls as there are bloggers, particularly healthy eating bloggers, and we all know there’s nothing new under the sun really, but these are what I made the other night.
I was absolutely CRAVING chocolate but didn’t have any (please don’t ask what happened to all the stuff I bought at VegFest Scotland) but I still wanted to keep it reasonably healthy (after eating all the chocolate I bought at VegFest) and with Christmas looming on the horizon. I decided on energy balls, but the trouble was that I didn’t have any of the main ingredients – I usually opt for a date/almond or date/pecan mix and there weren’t any. It was also cold and rainy and I wasn’t about to go out and buy any either.
So, I decided to use what I did have and that happened to be a large amount of prunes (bought by mistake – you would wonder how, but I did) and I had a vast bag of walnuts in the freezer following a recent trip to Costco and hey presto.
These are absolutely delicious and will definitely be made over and over again. The prunes have a lovely strong flavour with a bit of an acidic edge which just goes so well with the strong bitter walnuts. Cacao works really well with both of them and I put in a tablespoon-ish of maple syrup just to temper that bitter edge then rolled them in desiccated coconut as much to make them easier to handle as well as for the taste. Oh my goodness – SO good.
The base recipe is based on one in Trinity Bourne’s wonderful book ‘Angelicious’ (Easy Chocolate Truffles). I can see that chia seeds would be a good addition if you wanted more of a protein hit, or dark chocolate chopped fairly fine – the possibilities are pretty much endless. Roll them in any manner of other things too – more cacao/sesame/ground nuts. Go wild!
I hope you give them a try and if you do, let me know what you think!
- 100g walnuts
- 100g pitted prunes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- Desiccated coconut for rolling
Essentially, put everything except the coconut in a food processor and blitz. When it’s all sticky but hanging together, take it out and roll it into balls, then in the coconut.
Somewhat randomly, I managed to make 11 out of this, but I’m sure it could stretch to 12! Chill them down in the fridge – they will keep for a few days quite happily.