Hiya! Long time no see. Guess what? Eugenia is back in London taking care of business-as-usual (implementing her master plan to dominate the food world really…) and I get the chance to create another exciting entry for her blog: Dates and peanut butter energy balls!
This time I’m joining the health wagon in an attempt to offset the loads and loads of sinful pleasures I allowed myself in my recent trips to Athens (if there ever was a city to enjoy unique ice cream flavours, then Athens is most definitely your destination!). A couple of weeks ago and just as I was about to head home (Greece), my dearest and sweetest friend Ayesha from Root Cause Organics (head off to Instagram peeps, chop chop…) gave me a big tin box with medjool dates. These dates are part of the #dates4Pakistan initiative to restore eyesight for Pakistani people.
Also, we’re in the middle of Ramadan (Ramadan Kareem everybody ) and energy balls are one of the best ways to break your fast (iftar) or have one…or three…before next day’s fast for that important fuel your brain will need during the day. If you’re not observing Ramadan, energy balls are amazing to kick off your day, as a midday snack or a pre/post workout source of good energy. The ingredients speak for themselves: dates, peanut butter, almond “flour” (ground almonds), shredded coconut, seeds and honey. Dates are a good source of energy, good sugars and fiber, with essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin K.
The possibilities and diversity of ingredients are endless. You can use the recipe below as a base and add extras such as dark chocolate chips, chopped walnuts or pecans, flavoured protein powders, chia seeds, sesame seeds, oats…anything really. My recipe is based on research and what I believe makes this recipe quick, easy and yummy!!!
You will need a food processor to make these balls, one of the necessary “evils” I’m afraid but I suspect many of you will have one. When buying dates, go for soft, fresh ones. If they’re hard soak them for 10′ in warm water to reinvigorate their plumpness (a Nigella term, for sure!) and keep the liquid in case you need to moisten your mix.
The recipe for the dates and peanut butter energy balls
The recipe yields approximately 24 walnut-sized balls. For your date and peanut butter energy balls you will need:
- 120gr (½ cup) natural, smooth peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 8 Medjool dates, cut in four with stones removed
- 2 tablespoons honey, agave or maple syrup
- 120gr (1 cup) ground almonds (or ground rolled oats)
- 70gr (½ cup) sunflower seeds
- 40gr (¼ cup) flaxseeds plus more for rolling
- 50gr (½ cup) shredded coconut plus more for rolling
- cocoa powder for dusting
- a pinch or two of sea salt
How to make them:
- Put chopped dates, peanut butter and honey into a food processor and process until smooth.
- Next add all the remaining ingredients to the food processor and process again, or you can transfer the peanut butter and dates mix into a large bowl. Then add the remaining ingredients for mixing by hand. Hand mixing means your processor will not overheat as the dough can be very thick and sticky before adding the ground almonds and seeds.
- Roll the dough into 24 balls, divide in three groups and roll each group in shredded coconut, seeds and cocoa powder. Job done!
- Keep the balls in the fridge in a lidded container for a week. I doubt they’ll last that long. You’re welcome.
Feel free to leave comments and suggestions below. Happy rolling and Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends ️
From London with love,
Konstantinos & Eugenia
PS: This is not a sponsored post, we honestly and truly love medjool dates from The Date Project. Wanna find out more? Head over to The Date Project.by