These no-bake Prune, Nut and Chocolate Energy Balls make a delicious and healthy snack or healthy dessert, perfect for any occasion.
I am always looking for new ideas for healthy after-school snacks and here is one that got two thumbs up from my children today. Healthy no-bake Prune, Nut and Chocolate Energy Balls. Making healthy lunchbox and after-school snacks can be tricky as you are competing with a myriad of commercially produced sugary treats that most children love. And you can’t really blame them! All you can do is keep trying and celebrate (occasional) successes.
Healthy dark chocolate energy balls
Today was a success! These homemade energy balls were gone within minutes of my children coming through the door. The kids had no idea they had just devoured a good helping of prunes, which usually is not the most popular snack in my house. They did guess correctly the balls were made with dark chocolate, which they love. I have stopped buying milk chocolate a long time ago and only buy dark now. (I look for chocolate containing approximately 70% cocoa). So my children are used to it and actually prefer it to milk chocolate, which has more sugar and less cocoa.
If you are looking for more healthy treats including dark chocolate you might like these Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies. These gluten free cookies make a great healthy lunchbox idea. Check out also this Healthy Chocolate French Toast with Raspberries. In addition to the recipe, this post also briefly explains why cacao is healthier than cocoa.
Having said that, chocolate is not the predominant flavour in this energy balls recipe. This recipe is a combination of different flavours that work together fantastically. Sweet and rich tasting fruit, dark chocolate and nut, with a hint of coconut. What’s not to like? Plus they are gluten free! And in addition to making a fun and healthy after-school snack these Prune, Nut and Chocolate Energy Balls taste incredible with coffee or tea. Which makes them a great snack for grownups too!
The proportions used in this recipe yield 14 bite size balls, but you can adjust their size according to your preference.
Your children will love helping you shape these balls and roll them in the seeds! Enjoy:)
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If you like this easy energy balls recipe you may also enjoy these 4-Ingredient Protein Energy Balls with Quinoa and Pineapple. They are vegan, gluten free, and taste zingy and refreshing. Another free from recipe you might like are these Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles with a festive twist. Check out also these 4-ingredient Mango Cheesecake Bites.
- 150 g prunes roughly chopped
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter smooth or crunchy
- 50 g good quality dark chocolate roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon tahini paste
- 3 tablespoons desiccated coconut
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Sesame seeds and/or coconut flakes for coating
Whiz the chocolate in a blender until finely chopped (not completely powdery). Add the prunes and process to obtain a crumbly consistency. Add the rest of the ingredients and whiz to combine. The mixture should by sticky and crumbly.
Form small balls and roll in sesame seeds or coconut flakes. It's a good idea to chill them for 30 minutes before serving, but it's not absolutely necessary. Yields 14 bite size balls.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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