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!
- 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:
- 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.
- Remove them from the skillet immediately and pour them on a plate.
- Drain the soaked dates and cashew nuts and place them in a blender or food processor.
- 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.
- Wet your hands with cold water, take a small amount of the dough and roll it between your hands into a ball.
- Roll the ball in toasted sesame seeds.
- Repeat until you have used all the dough.
- 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.
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.