Energy balls, energy bites, bliss balls– they all refer to the same nutrient-rich, no-bake snack that is modelled after chocolate truffles. They’re gradually gaining popularity and you may already find some being sold in your local supermarket.
In New Zealand, you’ll find the brand Frooze Balls in most supermarkets (Pak N Save, Countdown, New World, Fresh Choice, Supervalue), health stores (Health 2000) and organic food stores (Commonsense Organics). Frooze Balls are available in five different flavours: chocolate, peanut butter, banana, cranberry and apricot.
If you want to have more variety with flavours, bigger servings or save money, energy balls are easy enough to prepare. They can be made from any combination of ingredients that can be shaped and set in the fridge. (In other words, they can be made from a mix of ingredients that result in a melt-proof ball-shaped snack.) However, you need a food processor or a good blender to be able to do this. Since I don’t have a food processor, I used my Sheffield Rocket Blender set. Although it isn’t powerful as the Nutribullet, I managed by loading small portions of the ingredients.
The ingredients I already had on hand were avocados and pitted prunes. I came across this recipe by Laura at Petite Allergy Treats. I used natural peanut butter instead of pumpkin seed butter. I didn’t have shredded coconut or chocolate chips to coat my energy balls.
Cocoa Avocado Energy Balls
- 1 avocado
- 10 prunes
- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (or any nut butter)
- Place prunes into a food processor or blender. If you are using a multi-purpose blender such as Nutribullet, you need to use the flat blade.
- Mash the avocado and gradually add it to your prunes. Then add the peanut butter, followed by the cocoa powder.
- Once everything is blended, portion and shape them into balls.
- Place the energy balls in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.