"Terry's" Chocolate Orange Energy Balls
You asked (well lovely Rachel did!). I have listened! Here’s the recipe for the treats I made yesterday. I just ate one right now to ummm 'remind' myself what was in them... 😋
They're named for both my Dad, Terry & also the "Terry's Chocolate Oranges" we used to buy for him (so original eh) for his Christmas 'treat' as kids. My Dad Terry now has Type 2 Diabetes a long while so when I make homemade treats, I try & make them as 'low' sugar as possible, at least in terms of 'additional' sugar. These do have a little natural fruit sugar in 'em in the form of the sultanas & some slow-release carbs in the form of the oats. There is a tiny bit of sugar in the 70% Dark Chocolate Yogis but very little Yogis & the nuts & seeds help balance out the overall glycemic load. Just perhaps limit the number you eat in any one sitting - they're dense little jobbies! They're a little like a Tiffin bar too, with the sultanas in there.
These are fab mid-morning or mid-afternoon with a cuppa. Especially at this time of year; it’s nice to have something small, something yum, something a lil sweet & indulgent but also ideally (relatively!) healthy. Especially when so many of us are at home now, a lot of us, working from home, sheltering in place, cocooning maybe & have FULL-TIME access to the kitchen cupboards & fridge! Balance in all things…
These little homemade ‘energy’ balls are so easy to make & don’t involve any ‘cooking’. You can also totally adapt & vary - I just went & saw what I had in the kitchen & went from there Yogis.
Filled with protein from the seeds & nuts, good fats again from the seeds & nuts, antioxidants from the chocolate & nuts (almonds are a great source of Vitamin E) & then Vitamin C from the Orange Juice & Zest & also fibre & slow-release carbs from the oats - really, these goodies are CHOC-a-BLOCK with goodness 😉.
*100g of Raw Skin-On Whole Almonds
*80g Sultanas - add these in towards the end so that they don't end up 'disappearing' totally. You could sub Raisins very easily here, I just prefer Sultanas.
*80-100g Oats (smaller sized, not instant & not jumbo but as you’re blitzing, just use jumbo if that’s what you have to hand) - you could sub gluten-free Oats.
*1-2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder (you can use Raw Cacao powder if you like) - add in with the Sultanas so that it doesn't 'fly' everywhere at the beginning
*80g Dark Chocolate (or Chips or Chunks)
*1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Seeds
*1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seeds
*1-2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed Orange Juice
* Zest of 1 Orange (ideally organic - scrub well first)
* 1 Tablespoon Dark Chocolate Sauce (I used a sugar-free alternative called Sweet Freedom Choc Shot - tis fab on pancakes...) if you have it or Maple Syrup
*1/2 to 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon (or more if you really like cinnamon)
*Additional Cocoa Powder for after rolling/decorating.
Briefly blitz the Almonds in your mini (or usual) food processor; you’re after a quite rough texture initially. Don’t turn them into powder - you want some crunch/texture in the final balls & there’s more blitzing ahead.
Add both the Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds, the Oats & the dark Chocolate & blitz briefly to combine. Again, very much avoid a too-fine powder-like result.
Now add the Sultanas, along with the Cinnamon & the Orange Zest. Again blitz in 10 second bursts, maybe 2-3 times. No mush!
Add the Orange Juice - start with a scant 1-2 teaspoons - & add some of the Cocoa Powder too. Blitz again in 10 second intervals - you don’t want mush or too wet a mixture.
Be careful not to overwork the engine of your small food processor.
Let it it rest for 30 seconds in-between each blitz (you can practice your Yoga breathing in-between…)
Keep an eye on the consistency; if too ‘thick’ & very ‘stuck’ looking, add a little more of the Orange Juice - you’re after a quite dense, sticky but somewhat/slightly moveable consistency.
This may not be necessary - add in, little by little, the Chocolate Sauce (or Maple Syrup); this is just to get the texture a little less dry &/ to add a tiny little bit more sweetness. Try not to be over-generous - less is more.
It should be easy enough to remove from the processor with a spatula, a thick dry-is paste almost - not remotely sloppy or ‘liquid-ey’.
Remember in any cooking, you can add but you sure can’t take away!
Using a teaspoon as a rough ‘serving’ size, ladle out a small amount & by hand, compact the mixture just a little (basically squeeze, gently squash/compact it together).
Then using your palms together, roll into balls (they do not need to be perfect) - not as big as a golf-ball.
Place them on a baking or parchment paper lined board or baking sheet as you shape them. I got nearly 30 balls out of this mixture - you can make them smaller or bigger (but not too much bigger as they are filling & they look a bit odd if too big too!).
Unless you have a very large & strong food processor, do not be tempted to double the mixture to make more. You need to do separate batches if you want to make more.
Step 6 (Optional but nice).
Finally, using a mini-sieve (or an old fashioned tea-strainer) dust with some more cocoa powder or do half & half - some plain, some not.
You can even 'dress them up' by popping them into (eco-friendly!) petit fours cases. Doing this makes them easier to eat & also will make it a little easier to store or transport them if you’re treating nearby friends, family or neighbours.
Store in an airtight container & keep in the fridge (if they last…) for up to a week. Remember with the fats in the nuts & the fresh Orange Juice, they won’t keep forever.
Enjoy & Om Shanti
Yoga Lili x