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Mocha Hazelnut Power Balls

Chocolate & coffee join forces with nutrient rich, power giving nuts & seeds in these moist & decadent Mocha Hazelnut Power Balls. A healthy, energy boosting snack has never tasted so good!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: oil-free, vegan
Servings: 30
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Melanie McDonald

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons cold strong coffee ( I love this Kicking Horse Kick Ass coffee )
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 150g | 1 cup hazelnuts
  • cups shredded coconut
  • 80g | 1/2 cup raw shelled hemp seeds/hearts
  • 80g | 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 87g | 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 240mls | 1 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup , up to, (see recipe note)

Instructions

  • Gradually add the coffee to the cocoa stirring as you go so it doesn't get lumpy
  • Toast the hazelnuts in a fry pan over a medium heat for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Pour the hazelnuts into a bag, secure the end and bash them up with a rolling pin or the bottom of a saucepan. You want lots of different sized chunks.
  • Add all of the dry ingredients including the broken up hazelnuts to a large bowl (make sure you reserve half a cup of coconut that you will use to roll the finished balls in)
  • Pour in the brown rice syrup and coffee/cocoa mixture and mix very well.
  • Add the maple syrup as per the recipes notes.
  • Stir everything together extremely well. It will be hard work but doesn't take long.
  • The mixture will be quite sticky.
  • Now it is time to shape the mixture into balls. You can make them as big or small as you like. I made mine walnut sized.
  • Grab as much mixture as you want and squeeze together tightly in your hands and roll into a ball. It will be sticky and messy but you can lick your fingers clean when you've finished ;o)
  • If you find it is too sticky to handle you can put the bowl in the fridge for a while and it will firm up a bit.
  • Once in a ball shape roll in the reserved coconut and place on a plate or on a tray. Keep them in a single layer so they don't squash.
  • Continue forming balls until your mixture is gone then cover with cling wrap or put in a lidded container.
  • If you can manage to leave them alone in the fridge for 24 hours they will firm up nicely.
  • They will keep in the fridge for a few weeks.

Notes

Add the maple syrup gradually and as you mix it in taste the mixture. I have a sweet tooth and liked my power balls with the full 1/4 cup but you might prefer them with a bit less, Stop when the mixture tastes sweet enough.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2.4g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 58mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.4mg