It’s been a while since I posted a recipe on here, yet I’ve spent so many of the dodgy weather days hanging out in my kitchen. I thought it was high time I shared something new with you guys!
What I love about this snack is that it involves zero cooking, no baking and minimal effort in general. The only way it could possibly get any easier is that if someone just made it for you while you took a nap (and if you decide to do that, you won’t hear any judgement from me…). But hopefully the idea of a yummy, chocolatey treat is enough to tempt you to do this yourself! They are also dairy-free and despite tasting sweet actually contain no sugar.
I was first inspired to make this recipe after receiving some superfood packs from Neal’s Yard Remedies, who stock a huge variety of powders, seeds and much more in their stores and online. After trying a few variations to a recipe I had seen, I came up with these vegan superfood boost balls. Why do I call them boost balls? The ingredients are rich in antioxidants and a great source of natural energy, fibre and protein, making them perfect for a little pick-me-up! Here’s how I make ’em…
Vegan Superfood Boost Balls
You will need:
– 4 teaspoons of chia seeds
– 4 tablespoons of dessicated coconut (plus a little extra for coating the finished balls!)
– 4 tablespoons of cacao powder
– a cup of ground almonds (either buy ground ones or soak and grind whole almonds)
– 4 tablespoons of goji berries
– a tablespoon of coconut oil
– half a cup of coconut milk
– 10 Medjool dates
– a food processor (I use my Nutribullet, but anything that can blend will do just fine!)
To prep, de-pit the dates and chop them up roughly. Measure out all of your other ingredients and line a tray (or big tupperware box) with greaseproof paper.
Pop everything into your food processor and give it a whizz! The end consistency should be thick, smooth and slightly sticky. If you find that the mixture is too dry and not sticking together, add a splash more of coconut milk and blend again (this happened to me the first time!).
Roll the mixture into small ball shapes (you can decide on the size yourself – I make mine like a good-sized chocolate truffle). Sprinkle some of the leftover dessicated coconut into a saucer and roll the balls over it to coat them lightly.
Once each one is coated, place them in the prepared tray or box and put them in the fridge for an hour or two before enjoying. And BAM! You’re done! Didn’t I tell you this was easy? Store them in the fridge and eat within a week (that wasn’t really a problem for us, they were pretty much devoured after two or three days!).
These are currently one of my favourite snacks to make (and eat!). The cacao gives them that rich, chocolatey taste and with the sweet dates and coconut they remind me a bit of Bounty bars.
Let me know if you make these vegan superfood boost balls or if you have any tasty recipes to share. You can always find me pinning sweet treats and new-to-me veggie meal inspiration over on Pinterest too, so come say hi!
With love, good vibes and kitchen adventures,