“Cacao date balls” felt a little generic, you know? It was a name that didn’t explain the intention behind the recipe creation. And that’s something worth talking about. Because honestly, my desire to actually create recipes, to blend and blitz, fold and bake, is lacking. These days, I’d rather curl up on the couch and read a book than slice and stir.
With 9 weeks to go until our little one arrives, when my ability to indulge in these sweet solo activities will be altered, I suspect my body is just telling me to save my energy. Cooking can wait. The couch and long baths cannot.
But all this lovely lazing requires energy, too. Well, lazing and growing a baby. Hence, these energy balls. For when you’re pregnant (or not) and want a sweet hit while you’re reading your book, with maximum nutrients and minimal effort. I used oats in the recipe only because I was low on almond meal, so feel free to change the ratios around. But be sure to use fresh, sticky, dreamy medjool dates. There’s no true substitute for those dream boats.
These balls contain a dose of fibre (you’re welcome), a little healthy fat, a lot of wholesome sweetness and some punch from that raw cacao. They’ll give you the energy to watch yet another episode of Orange Is The New Black.
Pregnancy Energy Balls
Makes 4 balls. This recipe easily doubles.
~75g (4 medium-large) Medjool Dates
1/4 cup Rolled Oats
1/2 tablespoon Almond Meal
1/2 tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder
1 teaspoon Chia Seeds
1 teaspoon Water
Optional: a small pinch of sea salt, a drop of vanilla extract or some orange zest. There are a million ways to play around with recipes like these. Do what feels right.
1. Place the oats in a handheld blender and blitz until fine.
2. Remove the pit from the dates and add them to the blender, then blitz until finely chopped and incorporated.
3. Add the almond meal, cacao, chia seeds and water, and blitz until everything is well incorporated. Taste and adjust as desired. If you’d like it less moist, add some more almond meal. If it needs to be wetter, add some more water.
4. Using moist hands, roll the mixture into 4 balls. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.