recipe by Saskia Gregson-Williams

As a dancer I’m always looking for something I can nibble on, that wont’t bloat me (not a good look in a leotard) but sustains me and leaves me feeling completely re-energised. These babies do just the trick, they’re so quick to make, easily portable, and so delicious. I love doubling the batch and keeping them in the freezer so I have a constant supply of energy bites.

The caramel tone of the medjool dates mixed with the rich cacao and the nuttiness from the almonds and walnuts blend together to make the most divine raw bites of chocolate-fudgy goodness. They are also really high in protein from the walnuts and cashews, so not only do they make you feel fuller for longer, they are a brilliant pre- or post-work-out snack, and just a brilliant addition to your diet. You can boost the nutrient stakes even higher by adding your favourite superfood toppings. My favourites are goji berries, desiccated coconut, chia seeds, cacao nibs, freezing them in a layer of almond butter or rolling them in rich raw cacao and cinnamon. Everyone tastes amazing, and the combinations are endless!

So get creative and create your own superfood pick and mix box of delicious raw chocolate balls, and be sure to share your recreations with us by hash tagging #hipandhealthy on Instagram and Twitter!

Ingredients:

1 cup almonds
1/2 cup  walnuts
1 cup pitted medjool dates, chopped
1/4-1/3 cup cacao powder (how rich you like it)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 tsp water

Method:
Start by grinding the almonds in a food processor. Add all the other ingredients and blend until combined and it the mixture sticks together. Scrape out of the blender into a bowl and roll the mixture into a ball. Roll in your favourite superfood topping and your good to go!


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