Sometimes you just want that something special to snack on.
Biscuits or candy won’t do, and fruit just doesn’t hit the spot.
You want chocolate. Sweet chewy chocolate. But then you think of the calories and the guilt sets in. Damn!
But wait. What if there was a way you could satisfy that craving, and still be able to eat something healthy? Bring it on!
With our homemade Golden Rough energy balls, you can have as much chewy chocolate as you want. Without the guilt. Well, obviously there are calories to be aware of in all these ingredients but compared to shop-bought chocolate they are almost good for you!
Using homemade hazelnut spread allows you full control over what goes into these treats, but if you don’t want to make it yourself, there are several healthy options available in the shops or online – or you can just buy Nutella, and accept the ingredients!
We used chopped pistachio nuts instead of our normal go-to choice of almonds for that extra taste, as well as coconut and chia seeds. We LOVE chia seeds in our baking!
To keep it healthy it also uses LSA (ground linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds), but you could use coconut flour instead if you wished. And of course, some honey and coconut oil goes in the bowl to complete the mix.
We found it helpful to have a firm ‘dough’ so be careful not to add too much liquid. If it gets too wet you will find the finished balls will return to that state if left out of the fridge for too long.
The end result also needs to be sampled before rolling them into balls to ensure you get the sweetness you are after. If you find they are not sweet enough for your taste you could add some extra honey, coconut sugar or Stevia. Just keep an eye on the firmness of the mixture, and don’t make them too sweet, or you will lose the reason for making them healthy in the first place.
Check out the recipe below and let us know how you go.
P.s. we do find ours are best after they have been in the fridge for a day – they are absolutely yummy!
- 1 cup of homemade hazelnut spread (or shop bought spread/Nutella)
- 1 cup of chopped pistachio nuts (not too fine)
- 1/2 cup of coconut
- 1/2 cup of LSA (or coconut flour)
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1-2 tbsp of melted coconut oil
- 1-2 tbsp of honey.
- Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and combine. You could use a food processor but we prefer to 'feel' it as we go
- Add the hazelnut spread and combine with the dry ingredients
- Add the honey and taste-test once combined. If more sweetness is needed, add some more honey or coconut sugar
- Add the melted coconut oil, keeping an eye on the mixture. (we like to have a firm-type dough we can pick up rather than it being a runny mixture)
- If necessary, add some more melted coconut oil or honey, or some dry ingredients if too wet
- Begin rolling the mixture into 1 inch (3cm) balls and drop each ball onto a baking sheet or mini patty pans or cupcake liners on a tray. If the mixture is too hard to roll, it might need some extra dry ingredients to be added, or popped in the fridge for a little while first
- Pop the tray into the fridge for 30 minutes, and thereafter place them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer
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Christine and Trevor
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DISCLAIMER: This article is written for informational purposes only and is based on Christine and Trevor’s own life experiences. No recipe featured on this site should ever be attempted or consumed if known or suspected allergies exist. Nothing featured here should be taken as medical, health, professional or legal advice. It is always recommended that you consult the appropriate professional before changing any routine or adopting any new procedure.