Almond and cacao love bombs
These superfood balls take snacking to a whole new tasty and amazingly healthy level. Snacking is an area which a lot of people find the hardest to conquer as there is just SO much out there in the way of shop bought possibilities so choosing something that’s genuinely healthy that also doesn’t come with a hefty price tage can be a task and a half! The secret? These almond and cacao love bombs. They are ridiculously good! The danger? You want to eat them all at once and then have no snacks left for snacking!!! Totally guilty of this.
The beauty of these little almond and pumpkin seed bombshells is they taste so amazing, you’d forget they were actually good for you. You can make them as sweet or as savoury as you like by adjusting up or down the medjool dates and maple syrup but the combination in the recipes is perfect for a slight sweet touch but not overwhelmingly indulgent.
There isn’t a naughty ingredient in the recipe and they are jam packed full of amazing fats and plant protein to keep you full with long sustaining energy and they are incredible rich in antioxidants so they’ll give you an internal glow. These are just one of a million possibilities you can go with for home made superfood balls and there’s plenty more to follow to give you tons of extra delicious ideas but these are a special favourite of mine I thought I’d share with you to get your started.
The decoarting bit is the most enjoyable part but it adds a little bit of extra time on so if you’re pushed for time, skip this part and enjoy the balls by themselves, decoration free!
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All the healthy best and here’s to the new superfood ball revolution!
- 120g almonds
- 80g pumpkin seeds
- 10 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 6 tablespoons cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- For decoration (any of the following):
- Two handfuls of goji berries
- Beetroot powder
- Cacao powder
- Sesame seeds
- Place the almonds, pumpkin seeds, dates (make sure you pit them), cacao powder, maple syrup and hot water into your food processor and process until the mixture is sticky but smooth.
- Place a piece of baking paper on your worktop because things are about to get a little messy!
- Scoop approximately 1 tablespoon of the mixture into your hand and roll into a truffle size ball between the palms of your hands over the baking paper to catch any crumbs.
- Place your rolled superfood ball onto your baking paper until you've rolled all of the remaining mixture into truffles of the same size.
- If you'd like to add some decoration to the outside of your balls (my favourites are goji berries, beetroot powder, cacao powder or sesame seeds) then sprinkle your chosen decoration onto a seperate plate and gently roll the truffles in it before transferring the ball to the baking sheet. For the goji berries, they work amazingly if you place a handful of them in a food processor and pulverize them until powder-like for about 10 seconds. They transform into a gorgeous red dust which makes your balls a gorgeous colour.
- If you can resist not eating the whole mixture as you make the balls then transfer the bites into a bowl, plate or tupperware dish and store in the fridge or freezer for an hour to firm up or alternatively keep them stored in the fridge or freezer for later enjoyment! You can eat them from frozen or once they've thawed out a little, there's no bad way to eat these guys.
- Bite and love 🙂