My Tasty Energy Balls, Date, Cocoa and Pumpkin Seed

Medjool dates have the double benefit of being high in both fibre and chloride, a nutrient that helps our digestion, and we get a hit of copper from the pumpkin seeds.

Me and my nutrition team have worked hard to create these super-nutritious balanced flavour-packed balls that give us the perfect snack boost to get us through the day – enjoy two balls per snack.

Makes 12 portions
Easy
Cook time: 25 min

Ingredients

70g pumpkin seeds
20g puffed brown rice or puffed quinoa
50g whole almonds
80g Medjool dates
1cm piece fresh turmeric or ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 heaped tsp quality cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tbsp manuka honey
1 orange

Essential kit

You will need a food processor.

Instructions

Blitz 40g of the pumpkin seeds into a fine dust in a food processor, then decant onto a plate. Place the remaining pumpkin seeds and the puffed rice or quinoa in the processor with the almonds and dates (destone first), then blitz until finely chopped. Peel and finely grate in the turmeric, if using fresh, or add the ground turmeric, along with the cinnamon, cocoa powder and a pinch of sea salt. Blitz again until finely ground, then add the vanilla, honey and half the orange juice. Blitz for another 1 to 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides a couple of times, and adding an extra squeeze of orange juice to bind, only if needed – it takes a while for the mixture to come together, so be patient and let the processor work its magic.

With wet hands, divide into 24 and roll into balls, dropping them into the pumpkin seed dust as you go. Shake to coat, storing them in the excess dust until needed. They’ll keep happily for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

CALORIES 80kcal,    FAT 5.2g     SAT FAT 0.6g     PROTEIN 2.7g     CARBS 6g     SUGAR 4.2g, FIBRE 0.5g

Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House

ⓒ Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2015 Everyday Super Food) Photographer: Jamie Oliver

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