I’ve first tried energy balls in a little café in Montréal about a year ago and I really can’t get enough of them. Usually I make the most common version with dates, cashews, and amaranth, but today I made apple cinnamon energy balls. I modified my original recipe a bit and added almonds, dried apples, cinnamon, and chia seeds.
I love to have some energy bites waiting for me when I feel a craving for something sweet (which happens quite often) and obviously it’s so much healthier than chocolate. My boyfriend, Flo, keeps telling me I’m the most grumpy person in the world when I get hungry and probably he’s right. Sometimes, I just get so hungry from one minute to another that I can’t think of anything else. So these apple cinnamon energy balls are just perfect to hide in your purse for such hunger attacks. ;-)
I usually don’t soak the dates, but I know that many people do and I guess it’s probably also easier to blend them this way. You don’t need a high speed blender for this recipe, although it’s a bit easier. I think it’s best to first process the nuts and then add the dates and the other ingredients such as the dates, the dried apples, cinnamon, and popped amaranth.
If the mixture gets so sticky and if it’s hard to process just add a little bit of water, which makes it much easier. When you are done, form the mixture into small bite-size-balls and roll them in amaranth, coconut flakes, or cocoa powder. You can keep the apple cinnamon energy balls in the fridge for a couple of days, but usually they don’t last very long, so you probably don’t have to worry about how to store them. ;-)
Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/2 cup dried apples (no apple chips!)
- 1/2 cup popped amaranth
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- Put the cashews and almonds into a food processor or blender and pulse. There should still be some small pieces left.
- Then add the dates, the dried apples, the lemon juice, the chia seeds, the cinnamon, and the amaranth and pulse until it has become a thick, sticky paste. It can still be a little bit crunchy.
- If the mixture seems to dry or is hard to process in your blender, add an extra teaspoon of water or lemon juice. If the mixture seems too wet, add extra amaranth.
- Form little balls and roll them in the topping of your choice. Store the energy balls in the fridge.