Lately I find myself getting hungry between meals at work, rushing to workout classes and running errands. These healthy walnut + date cocoa balls have been a staple in my every day. It not only provides protein and energy to get me through my long days, but also hits my sweet tooth cravings–guilt-free. Best of all, it’s so easy to make.
Walnut and Date Cocoa Energy Balls
Prep: 15 minutes
Yields: Approx. 19, depending on size
1 cup raw walnuts (or ½ cup raw walnuts and ½ cup raw almonds)
1 cup firmly packed pitted dates (slightly softened)
2 T goji berries (optional)
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Optional: dash of ground cinnamon, raw honey
- Place all ingredients in a food processor, and process until extremely fine. Tip: If the dates were in the fridge, let it soften in room-temperature for about 15 min. Not required though. I just find it blends and have a more favorable texture if slightly softened.
- Taste mixture. Tip: If the mixture isn’t sweet or on the dry/crumbly side, add a few drizzles of raw honey. Process again.
- Shape into 1” balls. Tip: I like to use a mini ice cream scooper and then roll between my palms.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Good for about a week.