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If you’re trying to beat that mid-afternoon slump, these healthy chocolate orange energy balls will do just the trick! They’re made with only whole food ingredients, are refined sugar and gluten-free, and are 100% vegan!
They’re quick and easy to make, and perfect for batch prepping because they store so well in the fridge and freezer. Great for a post-workout snack or midday boost!
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What Equipment Do I Need to Make Chocolate Orange Energy Balls?
Just a few kitchen essentials:
- Blender – A high-powered blender (like the Vitamix below) is great for this kind of thing because the nuts and dates can be a little tough. If you don’t have one, the orange balls will still taste great but might be more chunky.
- Measuring cups and spoons (or scales)
- Sealed container for storage
If you are feeling in the mood for a splurge then I highly recommend the Vitamix A2500 – it’s an amazing piece of kit! It’s what I use and I’ve been blown away by how smooth it makes everything.
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Recipe Ingredients and Easy Swaps
This is a pretty simple, no-bake recipe so the ingredients list is nothing crazy!
- Medjool dates – ‘medjoo-what’ dates? These are a type of date that you can easily grab off Amazon if your local shop doesn’t sell them. They are absolutely delicious and taste like caramel! But, if you have regular dates then you can use these too, but the flavor may not be as rich.
- Rolled Oats – If you don’t have rolled oats then regular oats, steel-cut or quick oats will work fine too. If you need 100% gluten-free then check the packet. Oats are naturally gluten-free but may have been transported with other things that aren’t, so it’s always best to check.
- Hazelnuts and pecans – These are my favorites because they go so well with the chocolate flavors. However, if you don’t have these then really any unsalted, raw nuts will still taste great in this recipe.
- Maple syrup – Agave, coconut sugar, or raw cane sugar would also do the trick! If using dry sugar, you will likely need a little more – just try the mix once it’s blended and adjust to your own tastes
- Cacao Powder – There isn’t anything to swap this with because you need it for the chocolate flavor. If you’re having trouble getting hold of it from the shop then you can buy big bags online instead.
- Orange juice and rind – Fresh really is best. If you don’t have an orange then the same amount of orange juice will work too, but you may need 1/2 to 1 tsp orange essence to really get that orange flavor hit.
How to Store your Chocolate Orange Balls
These chocolate orange energy balls (or bliss balls/protein balls – they’re the same thing!) store really well! They’re great for batch prepping because you can freeze them too.
- Fridge – Store in a sealed container for up to five days
- Freezer – Store in a sealed container for up to three months. Defrost before eating, or eat them chilled!
If you find the balls get tricky to roll because they’re too sticky, then wash your hands and pat dry. Using slightly damp hands will make the rolling easier.
Don’t roll in cacao too soon! If the balls aren’t completely chilled then they may still be a bit moist, which will make the cacao go a bit gooey.
More Healthy Vegan Dessert Ideas
If you’re into quick and easy, healthy homemade vegan food, then these Bombveg recipes have got you covered.
If you’re in the mood for yummy energy balls, make sure you check out this Salted Caramel Energy Balls recipe too!
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Indulgent, truffle-like, healthy cacao and orange protein balls! Yum.
- 6 Medjool dates
- 1 cup Rolled oats, (86g)
- ¼ cup Hazelnuts, (35g)
- ¼ cup Pecans, (30g)
- 1 Juice of an orange
- 1 tsp Orange rind
- ¼ cup Cacao powder, (35g)
- Remove the stones from the dates.
- If the dates you are using are very tough then put them in a heat-proof dish and cover them with boiled water for about ten minutes so they can soften. Discard the water when they're done.
- Add the oats, hazelnuts, and pecans to a blender and blitz for about a minute until they have turned into a coarse flour consistency.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend for a further two to three minutes until the mix is no longer lumpy. You may have to scrape the sides down a few times when doing this step.
- Take a blob of the mix and use your hands to roll a ball a little smaller than a golf ball. Do this with all of the mix, there should be enough for between ten and twelve balls.
- If you find the balls get tricky to roll because they're too sticky, then wash your hands and pat dry. Using slightly damp hands will make the rolling easier.
- Put the balls on a plate and pop that in the fridge for at least an hour to firm up.
- Lastly, roll each of the balls on cacao for that truffle type flavor.
- Store them in the fridge in a sealed container. They will last up to five days.
Don’t roll in cacao too soon! If the balls aren’t completely chilled then they may still be a bit moist, which will make the cacao go gooey.
Serving Size:1 grams Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g
Nutritional information may not always be 100% accurate and will depend on the exact ingredients used.