This recipe definitely provides energy! I found it also lifted my mood, helped in balancing my hormones (something all women struggle with) and cleared brain fog. I simply felt so much better when my meals included things like the Energy Balls instead of fast, packaged foods.
Change isn’t as scary as you think.
Healthy Energy Balls Recipe
(from Dr. Ben Kim.com)
One cup of raw pecans
Heaping teaspoon of cocoa powder
Dried coconut shreds (optional)
Raw cashews (optional)
Goji berries (optional)
1. Soak the dates in water. If you think to do this an hour or more in advance, it’s fine to use room temperature water. If you’re pressed for time and only have a few minutes for soaking, use hot water. The idea is to soften the dates so that they are easily blended into a soft paste.
2. Measure out a cup of raw pecans and put them in a food processor. A strong blender might also work, but for this recipe, a food processor works best.
If you have trouble digesting nuts, soak them in water overnight, strain, and dry with a towel before proceeding.
3. Process pecans on low or using a pulse setting until they’re nicely ground. You don’t want to make pecan butter here – you’re looking for nicely ground pecans.
4. Add a heaping teaspoon of quality cocoa powder. If you don’t enjoy chocolate, it’s fine to skip this step.
5. Blend or pulse for another few seconds to bring ground nuts and cocoa powder together.
6. Add six soaked and mildly crushed dates to the mix. It’s best to add a little water to this recipe to create proper texture.
A good way to add just enough, but not too much water is to lightly shake the dates as you get them out of their bowl of water, give them a gentle mush with your fingers, and add them slightly wet to the ground pecans.
7. Process on low or use the pulse setting until the dates and pecans become together into one mass.
You want the texture to be such that you can pinch off teaspoon-size chunks and roll them up with your palms into bite-size balls. If need be, add another mushed up date or two, but always be conservative in adding extra dates, as once the mixture gets too moist, it’s very difficult to fix by adding more nuts.
8. For some variety, roll balls in dried coconut, cocoa powder, and consider adding raw nuts and dried berries on top before serving.
If you’d like to view the recipe step by step with photos, click here. We love that you can make individual bite sized morsels! Enjoy your wicked, wicked Wednesday!