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Cocoa and hemp energy balls: Nutritious, tasty and easy-to-make recipe

Discover how to prepare a delicious and special recipe using Cannactiva’s hemp food. .

Recipe for Cocoa Energy balls with golden hemp oil

Today we propose a delicious, healthy and nutritious recipe, ideal for a lunch full of energy, or for an after-dinner tea and chat with friends. Surprise your guests with these healthy, sugar-free cocoa, coconut and hemp energy balls, made with only five ingredients and in record time.

These little chocolate truffle-sized energy balls are filled with hemp and sweetened with dates. They will provide you with all the nutrition your body needs: carbohydrates, omega 3, protein, fiber and magnesium. The secret to preparing them is a good food processor or powerful blender, which will do most of the work for you.

If you are looking for a healthy snack that will give you that energy boost you need to do sports or simply want to have something tasty for lunch to continue with your daily activities to the fullest, cocoa and hemp energy balls are your best option!

Cocoa, coconut and hemp energy balls recipe
Cocoa, coconut and hemp energy balls

Ingredients

For approximately 15-20 small size energy balls:

  • 200 gr. pitted dates
  • 65 gr. grated coconut
  • 30 gr. of hemp protein
  • 15 gr. of golden hemp oil (one tablespoon)
  • Pure raw cocoa powder for topping

How to make cocoa energy balls? Very easy!

  1. Mix all the ingredients with a blender or food processor until a thick, homogeneous dough is formed that can be worked with the hands. The dates will form a cream, which, with the addition of grated coconut, will become thicker and more manageable.
  2. Prepare a glass of water to wet your hands, so it will be easier to make the ball shape. Although it is a matter of taste, I recommend that you make energy balls rather small, about the size of a bite. About the measure that gives you a teaspoon of dessert, not much more.
  3. Have a plate or tray with the cocoa powder to dip the truffles. The best way to batter them is to move the plate or tray as if you were panning for gold. If you are a fan of cocoa, you can also add it into the dough, and coat with shredded coconut.
  4. Place on a serving platter and you’re ready to go! The result is exactly as shown in the photo accompanying this recipe.
Cocoa, coconut and hemp energy balls
Result of the recipe cocoa, coconut and hemp energy balls. Hemp oil gives you extra healthy omega 3.

About this recipe

Nutritional commentary

These truffles can also be used as a recipe for energy balls for athletes, as they provide a lot of energy and are ideal to give that extra needed when you want to exercise at maximum performance. Some of our friends use them with great success as a natural supplement in their sports competitions, as date and hemp protein are highly recommended for the preparation of races and marathons.

Whether you are a professional athlete or an office worker, these energy balls will help you reach your peak performance. The carbohydrates in dates provide easily digestible energy, ideal for a workout or an intense workday. Hemp protein is also important for muscle development and the great forgotten in the breakfasts of the most clueless (don’t forget that neurotransmitters are proteins!) and hemp oil allows you to benefit from anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids.

Allergen information

Vegan energy balls offer a nutritious and energy-packed snack option suitable for almost everyone and for a wide variety of diets. This energy balls recipe is naturally gluten-free (no flour), with no added sugars (only those naturally contained in the date) and lactose-free (no dairy), making it suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets.

Possible recipe variations

The energy balls we have proposed are a homogeneous dough that almost melts in your mouth. But there are many variations. They can be easily customized with various flavors, depending on your tastes and preferences: from the classic dark chocolate, to adding citrus, such as lemon or orange peel, spices such as cinnamon, or even a bit of spice.

For example, don’t you ever see the time to eat those nuts that are staring at you from the pantry? Make energy balls with nuts and dried fruit! To do this, chop separately almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds… Whatever you want to add! Keep in mind that there should be small whole pieces left, you don’t want nut butter. Then, add the finely chopped seeds to the homogeneous dough of the recipe (point 1), to later make the balls. Bon apetite!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can energy balls be prepared without coconut?

The recipe we propose, based on crushed dates, uses coconut because it gives the dough the necessary consistency to make the energy balls. However, if you are on the team that can’t stand coconut, you can perfectly make the same energy balls by substituting coconut for another nutritious ingredient with a dry consistency, such as almond flour (gluten-free option) or ground oat flakes. Nyam!

How to preserve energy balls?

As this is a no-cook recipe, it is important that you maintain maximum hygiene during preparation (wash your hands and use clean utensils), as well as keep it in the refrigerator until before serving.

What are the nutrients in date paste?

Date paste contains mainly simple carbohydrates and is therefore often criticized. But using dates in healthy recipes is not the same as using sugar. Compared to confectionery with refined sugar, date paste has much more fiber (in fact, sugar has no fiber at all), which helps regulate the assimilation of sugar, nourishes the intestinal flora (which is so important for immunity) and helps against constipation. It also provides certain interesting nutrients. Dates have a high content of B vitamins, important for the metabolism (for quick energy), and a high content of minerals such as potassium (diuretic) and magnesium (for the heart). Date paste or crushed dates is also a trendy ingredient: the new trend of sugar-free cooking (and “realfooding”) has made it all the rage. Undoubtedly, these foods, which come mainly from Israel, Turkey and other Middle Eastern countries, have arrived in the kitchen to stay.

How to make energy balls without dates?

The date looks very good in the recipe and is therefore the most advisable option. But if you prefer not to use dates for whatever reason, you can substitute them with figs (actually, energy balls are the closest thing to traditional fig bread with dried fruit, only in truffle form), dried apricots, dried apricots, dried apricots, raisins, dried cranberries, or in short, any other dried fruit. If the chosen option is not as juicy as the date, soak it in water beforehand and then drain well.

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