I’ve wanted a food processor for years, but every time I decided to go get one, something told me no. I would put the food processor back on the shelf and walk away. I have done this at least four or five times a year.
And yet, I’d see recipes for energy balls, nut butters, hummus, etc., and try them in my low-powered blender. The outcome was OK, but not great.
But about a week ago, I was blessed with a food processor from my boyfriend’s sister. I couldn’t believe it! I finally had one!
Yesterday, a chocolate craving hit me around 2 p.m. and I decided that after going to the store, I’d use my food processor to make the energy balls I’d been dying to make for years now and have them turn out correctly. (Most energy ball bases, I’ve noticed, are made with dates. Dates in a low-powered blender? Not good. Here’s a trick I heard but haven’t actually tried if you want to make them in a low-powered blender: soak the dates to soften them. I’ve read anywhere from 15-30 minutes will do.)
After seeing so many energy ball recipes, you can build your own easily. It goes a little like this:
Base. Something sticky. Ideas:
- Agave Nectar
- Maple Syrup
- Nut Butter
Fillings. Any combination of the following (but the possibilities are endless!)
- Nuts (Almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachios)
- Seeds (Pumpkin, sunflower)
- Nut butters (Almond, Peanut Butter)
- Dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, currants, cherries)
- Chocolate (Cocoa powder, chocolate chips)
- Canned Pumpkin
Flavorings and Spices. This is where it gets really fun. Try
- Crushed Peppermint Candies or Peppermint Extract (holidays)
- Pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon
- Vanilla extract
- Coconut extract
Phew! Those are a ton of combinations, but again, the possibilities are endless. Play around with the ingredients. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
I made two versions yesterday: A chocolate date ball adapted from one of my favorite recipes from Chocolate Covered Katie’s cookbook, and a No Bake Cookie inspired one.
And boy, did the energy balls turn out EXACTLY how I wanted them too! They were creaming, not too sweet, and stuck together perfectly.
Version 1: Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls
This recipe was adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe for “Anytime Fudge Balls” from the Chocolate Covered Katie Cookbook. (Please go buy it! It’s amazing and a wonderful healthy dessert cookbook. I look through it at least once a day.)
9 pitted dates
½ cup slivered almonds
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
Unsweetened flaked coconut
¼ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp agave nectar*
Pinch of salt
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until crumbly but stick together when you ball it in your hands by making a fist.
- Roll into balls, try not to eat them all, refrigerate.
Version 2: Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Oat Energy Balls
9 pitted dates
Heaping ¼ cup crunchy peanut butter
½ cup old fashioned oats
2 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips
¼ cup unsweetened flaked coconut
¼ tsp agave nectar
- Pulse in food processor until crumbly but sticks together when you ball the mixture in your hands by making a fist.
- Roll into balls, try not to eat them all, and refrigerate.