No energy, maybe these No Bake Almond Coconut Balls will help?!
Finding inspiration for these cute little bundles was super easy, they were basically sent to my inbox from one of my favourite lifestyle bloggers Camille Styles. I absolutely love following along to Camille (and her team) from sunny Austin, Texas, as she is passionate about entertaining and keeping things simple and beautiful (sound familiar to those who know me?). This recipe comes from her contributor Katie Wahlman.
Since I’ve never made anything like this before I thought it was best to stick to the recipe and see how I liked these energy balls before I started fiddling around and changing things. And let me tell you, Katie did an amazing job! No fiddling needed!!! 😉 I know I don’t normally post other people’s recipes but this recipe is worth posting!
With only 5 ingredients and no need to bake, they are super easy to make. The only downfall is actually rolling the balls and then rolling them in coconut; that takes a little time. And I did have a hard time getting the coconut to stick to the outside of the balls.
Here’s a little trick that worked for me!
I filled a little bowl of water and dabbed a little water on the palm of my hand. I rolled the ball in my palm first to get the outside a little damp, then I rolled and lightly pressed the coconut to the outside of the ball. This seemed to do the trick!
The recipe makes a lot too, about 30 energy balls. They are a great snack to tuck into your gym bag, lunch box, or a little treat after dinner. The dates make them sweet and the almonds add a nice nutty crunch, and who doesn’t love toasted coconut? I promise you’ll love these no bake almond coconut energy balls!
I even put them to the test and brought a bunch of these energy balls to my Sunday volleyball league. The girls loved them and they were perfect to pop a couple between matches. There may have been a team member or two who had more than their share!! haha
Thanks Katie and Camille for this recipe 🙂
- 2 cups dates, pitted (about 1lb)
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
- ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 3 Tablespoons almond butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1-3 Tablespoons warm water (less if your dates are really sticky)
- In a pan over medium heat, toast ½ cup of coconut, stirring frequently until golden brown. Set aside and let cool completely.
- Meanwhile, in a food processor add dates, almonds, ½ cup coconut, cocoa powder and salt. Pulse until mixture is crumbly.
- Add almond butter, vanilla and continue to pulse. Test the mixture at this point by taking a small amount and press it between your fingers. If it sticks together easily and can roll into a ball, it’s ready. If the mixture is dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, pulsing/mixing in between until the mixture is sticky enough to hold its shape (mine took about 3 tablespoons of water). This will depend on how sticky the dates are.
- Roll the date mixture into approx. 1-inch balls (I used a tablespoon to scoop the mixture and measure), then roll the balls in toasted coconut. You will need to press the coconut into the sides of the balls to help it stick. See my trick above for a helpful tip.