These energy balls are the perfect mid-day pick me up and are gluten-free, refined sugar free and also nut free. Being nut free makes them great to place in kids’ lunchbags to take to school for a healthy treat at lunch instead of cookies, chips or chocolate.
Dates are a natural sweetener and contain iron, magnesium, vitamin B6 and fibre. I love using the pitted dates so you don’t have to worry about taking the pits out of each one before using it (a pain since dates are sticky)
Cacao powder is from the raw cacao bean – it is an unprocessed form of cocoa. Cocoa has some health benefits but for the maximum nutritional benefit of cocoa, it is best to consume it in its raw form – cacao. Cacao contains fibre, iron, magnesium, and, B vitamins.
I added some ashwagandha powder to these balls. Ashwagandha is an ayurvedic herb that is a great adaptogen (supports your adrenal glands). It helps to lower your cortisol levels and through doing so, supports your thyroid hormone production. For more information on thyroid health, click here.
The ashwagandha and Botanica greens powders are what makes up the “superfood” component. The Greens powder has a bunch of green vegetables to support detoxification and general health. Both these powders should be available at most health food stores.
Superfood Nut-Free Energy Balls
14 dates, pitted
1 tbsp cacao powder (I used the Navita brand)
2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
3 tbsp Botanica Chocolate Greens
2 tbsp Chia seeds
2 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp Organic Traditions Ashwagandha powder
Extra unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until dates are chopped up into a paste and everything is well-combined
- Place mixture in a mixing bowl and put it in the fridge to chill for about 15 minutes. This will make it easier to roll as it solidifies the coconut oil a little bit.
- Roll into 1-2 bite sized balls and coat with some unsweetened shredded coconut if you would like.
- Place them in the fridge to keep them firm as the coconut oil will make them soft if left out at room temperature (Don’t worry, they will still be soft enough to bite into).