These no bake energy balls are definitely a delicious go to dessert if you’re craving something sweet and there’s not much time to bake something, or you just want a boost of good energy on a hot summer day.
Also, if the heatwave is affecting your cooking rituals (like it happened to me) a “no bake” snack, or dessert is the key to keep your kitchen and house livable.
These little energy balls are packed with nutrients, good fibers and delicious flavors from the mix of good fats, spices and aromatic orange blossom water, which perfectly blend in a delicious summer dessert. What more to ask on a hot August day?
If you are familiar with my recipes, this is another very flexible one, regarding the ingredients you use. Those can be easily changed or used in different proportions based on your liking: for example, you can switch walnuts with cashew or pecan nuts, replace the orange blossom water with rose water, lime juice, or skip it altogether if this is something you don’t have at hand or is hard to purchase.
You can also add other spices if you prefer, like turmeric, even fresh ginger, or some chili flakes if you are adventurous.
Needless to say that you can pack this energy balls together with your lunch box at work or for a road trip, saving this way some money and making sure that you’re always eating a quality snack which will nourish your body with good energy and nutrients.
Not a fan of the coconut flakes? Roll these energy balls in cocoa powder or finely chopped nut mix, or eat them with no coating. These are delicious anyway.
The process of making the energy balls is extremely simple: all you need is a food processor (I used a small one, so I had to mix everything in batches), and mix all the listed ingredients in the below recipe until they form a thick paste. Form the balls and let them cool in the fridge for half hour.
I’ll leave you now with the recipe.
Drop me a comment if you try out the recipe and let me know your thoughts.
Plum & Dates No Bake Energy Balls
These no bake energy balls are definitely a delicious go to dessert if you're craving something sweet and there's not much time to bake something, or you just want to keep the sweets intake under control.
- 15 soft dates (pitted)
- 12 soft plums (pitted)
- 2 tsp pumpkin seeds
- 3 tbsp walnuts
- 1 tbsp almonds flakes
- 2 tsp raisins
- 2 tsp orange blossom water
- 3 tsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 3-4 tbsp (or more) shredded coconut
Mix all the ingredients (except the cocoa powder, shredded coconut, orange blossom water and coconut oil) until they form a thick paste. The "dough" should be thick enough to hold the balls together while forming them.
Add the liquid ingredients, one tsp at a time and adjust the quantities if needed.
Incorporate the cocoa powder and mix it with a spoon.
Form the energy balls, you should have 13 of them, of about 3-4 cm in diameter.
Coat them with shredded coconut and set aside in the fridge to cool for half hour.