These cheeky little energy-packed treats are so good it’s hard not to eat them all at once. So quick and easy to make, they’ve turned into a staple in my household. Salted caramel energy balls (also known as bliss balls) are not new to the scene, but the cacao coating along with just the right amount of squishiness makes these feel SUPER indulgent and fudge-like when actually they’re really nutritious.
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They’re packed full of goodness, gluten-free, oil-free, and with no nasty ingredients, so about as healthy as you can get for an indulgent sweet!
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- Medjool Dates – These have a gorgeous caramel flavour and are sweeter than regular dates. Considered a superfood, they’re rich in dietary fibre, are a source of protein, and contain plenty of vitamins and minerals.
- Almond Butter – A great source of Vitamin E (for good skin, eyes and a healthy immune system), fibre, protein and heart health.
- Flaxseeds – High in healthy Omega-3 fats, which are great for improving cholesterol levels and heart health. This wonder food also has loads of dietary fibre and high-quality protein, keeping you full for longer.
- Coconut Flour – With a mild coconut flavour, this gluten-free flour is a flour alternative worth getting your hands on. It’s 100% coconut flesh which is high in fibre and can regulate blood sugar.
- Coconut Sugar – An unrefined sugar option that tastes just like caramel! It also has lower GI number than regular table sugar.
- Cacao Powder – An amazing chocolatey superfood; high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is even believed to be a mood booster!
Great for on-the-go, or after a bit of exercise, or to have warm as a dessert with a bit of vegan ice-cream on the side of these salted caramel energy balls, trust me – if you try this out you’ll have an easy go-to dessert for life.
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Salted Caramel Energy Balls
- Food Processor
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- 1½ tbsp flaxseed
- 3 tbsp water
- 12 medjool dates (pitted)
- 4 tbsp almond butter (use the kind without added oil)
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tsp coconut sugar
- ¼ tsp fine sea salt
- Measure out the flaxseeds and water and mix in a small bowl. Set this aside for at least 10 minutes while you prep the rest of the ingredients, it should thicken and have a gel like consistency.
- Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz on a medium setting for around 2 minutes until the mix is no longer lumpy.
- The mix will be a little crumbly – that’s ok! Empty it out in to a bowl, and have a plate ready next to it.
- Scoop up a little of the mix about the size of a cherry tomato and give it a good squish in your palm, then start to roll it between your hands. It should quickly stick together and easily form a nice ball shape.
- Repeat this step with the rest of the mix until you have a plate full of yummy salted caramel energy balls.
- Put the balls in the fridge for at least an hour – this is the most difficult step as if you’re anything like me you’ll want to eat them right away, but trust me, it’s worth the wait.
- After the hour is up, sprinkle some cacao powder on a clean dry work surface and take the balls from the fridge. Roll them gently in the powder until completely covered and then give it a gentle tap to get rid of the excess power. Repeat with all the balls – and you’re done!