Looking for the perfect, tasty snack to boost your energy levels? These Cashew-Hazelnut Energy Balls are a delicious snack that will give you all the vitality you need. They are the perfect bites to enjoy as a pre-yoga or post-yoga snack or any other exercise programme you may follow. The best part is that you can enjoy Cashew-Hazelnut Energy Balls without feeling guilty as they are packed with so much goodness.
A proper store cupboard special, these Cashew-Hazelnut Energy Balls have no fresh ingredients in them. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of weeks or as long as your willpower holds out. Nutrient-rich cashews are high in selenium, magnesium and zinc. These minerals have a whole heap of functions in your body. Most notably, they are important in supporting your immune, thyroid and brain function and also have anti-inflammatory benefits.
If you are feeling adventurous, try this recipe with other nut butters like a smooth peanut or almond butter for a different flavour to your energy balls.
Cashew-Hazelnut Energy Balls flavoured with sweet Cinnamon
Course: SnacksCuisine: VeganDifficulty: Easy
120 g cashew butter (the Meridian brand is sugar, salt and palm oil free)
45 ml maple syrup
¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
1-2 level teaspoons sweet or regular cinnamon (2 teaspoons if you like it really cinnamony!)
60 g ground almonds
100 g finely chopped hazelnuts (keep 20 g to one side)
1 teaspoon sweet cinnamon
- Place the cashew butter, maple syrup and vanilla essence in a food processor and blend until creamy.
- Add in the ground almonds and cinnamon and mix in the food processor again.
- Add in the 80 g of chopped hazelnuts (leaving 20 g to one side) and either blend or stir them in. If you are blending, make sure you don’t process them for too long or you will lose the crunch of the nut in the mix. Aim for dough that is malleable and not too sticky. If the dough feels too sticky, gradually stir in a little more ground almond until it reaches a rough dough texture.
- Divide the dough into roughly ten evenly sized pieces and roll into balls in your hands and chill in the fridge for half an hour.
- After they have been chilled, roll them in your hands again to make them perfectly smooth.
- Mix the remaining hazelnuts with the teaspoon of sweet cinnamon and roll the balls in the mixture to roughly cover the surface.
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