I don’t know about you, but come 3pm each day, I find I’m dragging my feet and scratching around for that little something to give me a lift. I’m pretty sure this is a common affliction for much of the population.
The problem (or is it a problem, I don’t know……I mean there are worse problems to have after all) is I have a lot of chocolate in the house and the temptation is always strong when it comes to grabbing fistfuls of the stuff for some preconceived immediate relief!
Enter the Power Balls! If I have a bowl full of these balls in the fridge, I am saved and not suffering the guilts or sugar rush that I otherwise would be had I have put my hand in the chocolate bucket. Full of protein, nuts, superfoods and other good stuff (peanut butter folks, my addiction) and zero refined sugar, you can’t really go wrong. Also, other than the oil from the peanut butter, there is no additional oil in these, so they travel well if you want to put a couple in your handbag (or man bag) for when you are out and they won’t end up a melted mess in the bottom of your bag.
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup peanut butter (I use Mayver’s Dark Roast)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 heaped tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup dried apricots, diced
1/2 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped (or other nut of choice such as almonds or hazelnuts)
nuts, finely chopped
chocolate, finely chopped
Place the oats, dates, coconut, peanut butter, cocoa powder and chia seeds in a food processor and blitz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. With the food processor going, add the water slowly until the mixture comes together as a dough (you may not need all of the water, or you may need more depending on how runny or stiff your peanut butter is). Now add the apricots and cashews and pulse until combined. Use your hands to roll the dough into golf ball size, roll in your garnish of choice and place in the fridge to firm up. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week (if they last that long!)
PS. I rolled half of the Power Balls in the photo in chopped Loving Earth Mylk Chocolate Hazelnuts. This was a very good idea ;)