Raw, orange infused chocolaty energy balls

If I would need to choose just one snack/dessert to eat for the rest of my life it would be these choco balls! My dear friend Eva Kiviluoma had prepared these as a snack for us a few years ago to eat during our little road trip to her summer house in Finland. When she opened the snack box the car was filled with delicious smell of orange and cacao. After the first bite my taste buds were totally in love!

I’m now sharing the original recipe by Eva here in my blog so that you too can enjoy these healthy, nutritious, and yummy little balls whenever you feel like you need some extra energy. They are super easy to make and you can easily vary the recipe depending on what you have in your cupboards.

I’m a big fan of using 100% pure food grade essential oils in food because they intensify the flavors and take my cookings into a whole new culinary level. They are also super handy on those times when you would really need a certain herb or fruit mentioned in the recipe but forgot to buy it. I often replace lemon or orange peel with the essential oil or add a little bit of lime essential oil to woks, a drop of cardamom to hot cacao, clove essential oil to ginger bread cookies and so forth. In these choco balls I used orange Vitality essential oil from Young Living to give these balls an intense orange flavour. If using essential oils in cooking is new to you you’re welcome to contact me for any questions you might have. The most important thing to know is that the essential oil you’re using is 100% pure and classified as food supplement. Young Living is the only essential oil company that has a whole essential oil food supplement line with oils you can ingest. Just drop me a message if you would like ti know more or read how I use the oils in my daily life.

How it looks like in my spice cupboard 🙂

But now, the recipe!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 400g of dates 
  • 5 tbls coconut oil
  • 5 tsp raw cacao
  • 0,75 dl oat flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt or himalayan salt
  • 8-10 drops of orange vitality essential oil (or the peel of one big orange)
  • Grated coconut to decorate

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Melt the coconut oil if not liquid already.
  2. If using dried dates, soak them for about one hour
  3. Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together with a spoon. Then, with a stick blender, smash and mix the ingredients to create a smooth paste. 
  4. With the help of a tablespoon take small amounts of paste and roll into balls. 
  5. Roll the balls in grated coconut.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

Checkout also my cardamom infused power balls with sesame seeds recipe.

Cardamom essential oil gave a nice twist to these power balls with sesame seeds. If you don’t have cardamom essential oil you can always replace it with dried cardamom. More about it in the recipe.

CARDAMOM INFUSED POWER BALLS WITH SESAME SEEDS

Are you struggling to include more healthy snacks and desserts into your diet? Well, here’s one recipe that is super easy, fast, and delicious but at the same time satisfies even the most stubborn sweet cravings in a healthy and nutritious way.

Nothing makes me happier on a busy day than a bunch of delicious power balls in the fridge waiting to be eaten for dessert or as an energizing snack. I’m not so picky about what ingredients to use because with power balls only the sky is the limit! These can be varied in thousands of different ways depending on your own taste buds and current desires & needs.

I usually make a double portion of these yummy balls so that I can enjoy them for several days. Keep them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week (some say you can store these even for two weeks but mine just simply don’t last for so long.)

I always use dried dates, raw cocoa powder, and virgin coconut oil as a base and then add whatever other suitable ingredients I have at home. The only “negative” side to this recipe is that you need to think a bit in advance so that you have time to soak the dried dates and cashew nuts. They are just a lot easier to digest when they’ve been soaked overnight or at least for 4 hours. Also, your blender or food processor will have an easier time processing the ingredients into a smooth dough. So, let’s get to it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 300g Dried dates, soaked overnight or at least 4 hours (you can also use fresh dates and those you don’t have to soak)
  • 150g Cashew nuts, soaked overnight or at least 4 hours
  • 4-5 tbs virgin coconut oil
  • 4-5 tbs raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 drop cardamom essential oil OR 1 generous tsp cardamom powder
  • Toasted sesame seeds

HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Toast the sesame seeds in a skillet on medium heat until they become golden brown. Be careful not to burn them! When you feel a nutty smell coming from the skillet and the seeds have changed color they are ready.
  2. Remove them from the skillet immediately and pour them on a plate.
  3. Drain the soaked dates and cashew nuts and place them in a blender or food processor.
  4. Add coconut oil, raw cacao, salt, and cardamom essential oil or powder into the blender or food processor.Blend until all the ingredients have mixed well and formed a smooth dough. If there are few bigger pieces of dates and/or cashew nuts that’s totally ok.
  5. Wet your hands with cold water, take a small amount of the dough and roll it between your hands into a ball.
  6. Roll the ball in toasted sesame seeds.
  7. Repeat until you have used all the dough.
  8. Place the balls in a sealed container in the fridge and eat whenever you need a little energy boost snack or a healthy and yummy dessert.

NOTES:

You can be really creative with this recipe and modify it to better suit your taste buds. If you like a more chocolate flavor you can add a bit more cacao powder. You can replace the cashew nuts with almonds. If your dough is too soft you can add about one decilitre of oat flakes into the dough or if it’s too thick then just add a bit more virgin coconut oil. You really can’t go wrong with these ones because the ingredients can be adjusted very easily and you can always taste the dough and make changes before rolling into bite-sized balls.

Few words about using essential oils in food: Essential oils are a great way to spice up food and add intense flavours to your favourite meals. However, not all essential oils can be used internally so you need to make sure that the essential oil you are using is a certified food grade, 100% pure essential oil. When cooking, I use only the Vitality / plus oil collection from Young Living because those are actually classified as food supplements and therefore contain no harmful ingredients. If you need more help and information on choosing the right oils for cooking I would be more than happy to help. Just send me a message and I’ll get back to you.