If you are craving something sweet today, I’ve prepared this Raw Fruit and Nut Energy Ball Recipe I hope you’ll love. It’s super easy to make. The walnuts and hazelnuts in the dry base for this recipe make them crunchy, chewy with a yummy nutty flavour.
I love this two-nut flavour combination because it combines well with the rest of the ingredients. Also, I love any opportunity to add chia and flax seeds to my diet and their both helpful to create the sticky mixture.
The sweetness of this recipe comes from the sultanas. They are super sweet and super delicious in this combination. And finally, I use coconut oil to get everything together mixed and combined. Coconut oil is a super healthy natural fat that is. packed with health benefits. It’s used to moisten the ingredient and bind everything together.
Aside from the health benefits (see below) its the chewiness of these Energy Balls that I love most about snacking on these. They’re not only raw and healthy but are even easy enough to teach the kids to make. It really is as easy as throwing everything into your mini-chopper or food processor and then forming them into balls.
If you’re not a huge fan of coconut oil you can substitute with hazelnut, peanut, or almond butter to get everything bound together. If you want extra nutrients add pumpkin seeds and you will be all set for a healthy bite sized snack.
And finally, you can substitute the sultanas for dried cranberries, dried mangos, cherries, dates or any other chewy dried fruit you have in your pantry. They will all work perfectly in this recipe.
Health Benefits: Raw Fruit and Nut Energy Balls
- Walnuts are rich in antioxidants and Omega 3’s. They also assist in decreasing inflammation.
- Hazelnuts are rich in unsaturated fats, magnesium and calcium. They are are good for your heart and promote digestive health.
- Chia Seeds offer dense nutrient content for. very little calories. They are rich in antioxidants, fibre, protein and omega 3’s.
- Flaxseeds are a great source of Lingnans which can help lower the risk of Cancer
- Sultana’s boost your Iron and Vitamin B levels, aiding in the formation of new blood cells that transport oxygen around the body making Sultanas a great plant based food source for those suffering from Anemia.
- Coconut Oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). When you eat MCTs, they have a tendancy to go straight to your liver. This forces your body to use them as a fast source of energy. When not used straight away the liver turns them into ketones. Ketones have proven benefits for your brain, and are currently studies are ongoing for their use as a treatment for epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
- High speed food Processor
- Mixing bowl
- .5 cup raw walnuts
- .5 cup raw hazelnuts
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds
- .3 cup sultanas
- 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
- In a small chopper or food processor add the hazelnuts and walnuts.
- Add the chia seeds and flax seeds and add the sultana and coconut oil.
- Blitz until everything is smooth and well combined.
- Form small energy balls and serve immediately or place them in a fridge for couple of days.