Minty Chocolate Balls

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Boy do I love these things. I’ve made a rule that I can only have them as a pre-workout snack or I’d snarf the whole batch within a day. In moderation these are a great sweet treat without any added sugars, preservatives, or other miscellaneous additives. Every ingredient is pronounceable and recognizable. While dates are somewhat high in sugar, these balls are the perfect pick me up before exercising. I keep them in a jar in the fridge for up to a week. (Side note: I travel a lot for work and I’ve found that these do fine without refrigeration for 2-3 days.)  

Minty Chocolate Balls
Yields 16
A super delicious energy ball that's great pre and post workout
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 C Rolled Oats
  2. 1/2 C Cashews
  3. 2 TB Dark Cocoa Powder
  4. 2 tsp Coconut Oil
  5. 3/4 tsp Peppermint extract
  6. 10 Dates
Instructions
  1. First, soak the dates in warm water for 5 minutes before starting.
  2. Add the nuts and oats into a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Now add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and let it roll for a few minutes until a doughy ball forms. This could take 3 - 5 minutes of food processor-ing.
  3. Due to the varied consistencies of dates, you may need to add a teeny bit of water for it to become doughy. If so add the water in teaspoon increments. If you add too much water it will make the balls sticky and hard to form.
  4. Once you have the consistency just right, form the dough into 16ish little balls, by rolling it between your palms. I like to use a melon ball scooper to keep the sizes consistent.
  5. It tastes like a delicious brownie batter, careful not to eat it all at once. I speak from experience.
Notes
  1. *VERY IMPORTANT* be sure to use peppermint extract instead of plain old mint extract. If you use the mint version, the balls will taste like Wrigley’s spearmint gum. I learned that the hard way.
  2. Ball size - it does matter. They should be the size of a melon ball, not a softball : )
  3. Alternative: If you aren’t into oats, you could replace them with unsweetened coconut and turn these into a fatbomb of sorts.
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