These Energy Jacks can either be rolled as energy balls or done as a bar like a flapjack with a little bake in the oven for about 10 minutes then drizzled with chocolate. They are full of goodness and a perfect healthy snack any time of the day. I make them in batches and keep them in the fridge for about a week or two in an airtight container. How many you get from the mixture will depend on how big you roll them. But a marble size is good in my opinion & I get about 15-20 balls.
100g Rolled Oats
50g Cashew nuts (unsalted)
50g Pecan nuts
2tbsp Pine nuts
3 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp Flax Seed (ground)
75g dried apricot (9 pieces – slice with scissors)
50g Cranberries & 50g raisins
50g (6) Madjoole Dates (slice with scissors)
2 tbsp Cacao powder (ideally organic)
Juice 1 oranges
1tbsp Honey/ agave syrup/ maple of your choice
100g Nut butter (I use 100% organic smooth peanut butter )
Pinch of cinnamon
1tsp coconut oil
200g dark cooking chocolate. (50-80% & organic ideally)
- Put all the dry ingredients (except your chocolate) into your blender and whiz for about a minute. Then add your dry fruit, nut butter and whizz for another minute or two.
- Now add your orange juice and a dash of water and blitz to a paste. if you like more texture, blitz less.
- If you want to make bars, then line a brownie tray with greaseproof paper and flatten in the mixture. Score it to the size you want the bars and pop in a preheated oven 180C for about 10 minutes. Then remove and score again & let cool.
- If you are making energy balls then roll marble size balls with your hands onto a plate and chill for about 10 -15 minutes before coating.
- Once everything has chilled/cooled. Melt 200g of chocolate over a pan of water. I add a teaspoon of coconut oil to make it shiny when it sets. But that’s optional. For the bars just drizzle it over them and top with coconut shavings or bee pollen.
- Take your energy balls out of the fridge and on a spoon dip them into the chocolate covering with another spoon. Then lay out on a tray of greaseproof paper. Repeat with all the balls. Sprinkle coconut shavings, bee pollen, crushed nuts or toss in your favourite topping.
- Put in an airtight container in the fridge. I find the balls a have a better shelf life than the bars for some reason.