Since I bought two energy ball/bite cookbooks** there have been a few batches of fruit and nut based delights whipped up in my kitchen. As Mr Noodlechips works his way through identifying his possible intolerance’s he’s stopped eating his usual breakfast of peanut butter on toast (he’s only 80% Paleo) and has switched to eating the energy bites instead. As a result we have played about with the flavours quite a bit and its pretty easy to interchange all of the dried fruits and nuts and come up with something tasty. However for those of you who are low carb or ketogenic you will know that dried fruit (which is the key ingredient in many of the energy bite/balls recipes) is a big no-no as they can knock up a hefty bill in the carbs department, therefore subbing becomes a lot more difficult. I’ve been low carb long enough to not miss dried fruit but it can be nice to have a variety of options when you want a little snack or treat. With this in mind I managed to come up with a recipe for energy balls that are low carb/ ketogenic but without using dried fruit.
They were pretty tasty and they can be adapted to incorporate other nuts and low carb fruits but personally I would probably prefer to eat a Bounty Bar Bites.
I’ve decided to share the recipes here anyway as some people prefer a little fruit over a chocolate treat. For those of you who are not low carb or ketogenic check out my Apricot Delight Energy Balls.
** To find out more about the Energy Bites Cookbook take a look at Energy Bites Cookbook Review.
Cherry , Coconut & Cacao Energy Balls
These energy balls are so versatile you can use
Place all of the ingredients (except the coating) into a blender and blitz until it's incorporated and mushy.
Take small amounts of the mixture (about 1 TBSP) and roll into balls
If using desiccated coconut to coat, put the coconut into a small bowl and roll each ball of mixture in it, until its got a fine coating of coconut.
Place completed balls on to a plate and place in the freezer for 20 minutes or into the fridge for 30-40 minutes (until they firm up).
If your using chocolate to coat the balls, place completed balls onto a plate and place in the freezer or fridge until you have melted the chocolate.
You can melt the chocolate in a small bowl over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave. If going for the microwave option - keep an eye on it, so that it doesn't burn.
Once the chocolate has melted take the balls from the fridge/ freezer and carefully (I used two cocktail sticks) roll the balls to coat them in chocolate. Place the coated balls back on the plate and once all are coated return to the fridge or freezer to chill.
Once the chocolate has set and the balls have firmed up a bit, they are ready to eat. They will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Based on 7 balls, the macros are as follows;
With desiccated coconut coating :-
Total Carbs 4.7g
Net Carbs 2.3g
With Chocolate coating :-
Total Carbs 5.5g
Net Carbs 3.2