Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Recipe: Cashew energy balls


These little wonder balls have only 3 super natural and good-for-you ingredients. You can even make them with 2 ingredients: cashews and dates,  I just added a couple of vanilla extract drops. Pure goodness. 
In London for a while, I used to buy the Nakd raw cashew bars, well these little balls are a homemade version of these. In all honesty these are not even a recipe but I'm pretty sure many of you will enjoy them and they are so so easy you must give them a go. 

Dates offer a a great array of nutritional benefits. Dates are loaded with fibre which helps preventing cholesterol and obesity among others, they are also easily digested which is definitely a plus for me! Dates also contain many vitamins and minerals that the body needs for an optimum health, including vitamin B and potassium.
Cashews are as healthy, even more! They are great snacks for in between meals as they have a lower fat content than most other nuts. They are rich in magnesium which lowers migraines, lowers blood pressure thus helping prevent heart attacks. They also contain copper which contains antioxidants that protect against heart diseases and cancer. Definitely a must in anyones diet, plus they taste super yummy!

Ingredients

1/2 cup medjool dates (they are a bit more expensive, but are bigger and more tender)
1/2 cup unsalted cashews
1-2 drop of vanilla extract

Instructions

I used my Kenwood Kmix blender for this, but if you have a food processor I think it will be easier so use that. 
Place the cashews in the food processor/blender and pulse until they start breaking and flour like mixture is formed. 
You will need to unpit your dates beforehand and cut them in half so it's easier for your machine to blend them well. Add them to the nut flour together with the vanilla drops and pulse until you get a sticky mixture that you can roll in your hands and make a little ball.
Scoop a batch of the mixture and roll in your hands creating little balls, place them in a plate or a bowl, cover with cling film and save in the fridge.  
Enjoy at any given time, I especially like them as a mid afternoon snack.

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