Cocoa-Hazelnut & Raspberry Balls

IMG_20170613_181509_507Well, I promised a recipe using the cocoa-hazelnut butter I reviewed a couple of days ago, and here it is!

Today we have a quick and easy recipe for a snack that you can keep in your fridge for times of need. These little snack balls have a rich chocolate-hazelnut, and sweet-tangy raspberry taste. The texture is almost creamy too, due to the oats mashed together with the nut butter. In fact, these remind me of a healthier after-dinner truffle…

Ingredients (for 16 balls)

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut butter
  • 1/8  cup maple syrup
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 80g frozen raspberries, defrosted in the microwave and mashed to a puree
  • 1tbsp chia seeds
  • 1tbsp almond milk
  • 2tbsp cacao

 

Method

  • In a large bowl combine the oats, chia seeds, 1tbsp cacao, and cinnamon. To this add the nut butter, and the maple syrup, stirring well to combine. Add in the almond milk and beat together well. Now beat in the raspberry puree, until a soft dough-like mixture forms.
  • Using a tablespoon measurer create 16 balls. Roll them to a smooth texture. Empty the other tbsp. of cacao into a dish, and roll each ball in the cacao.
  • Store in the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight tub. Enjoy!

 

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Deliciously Ella Energy Balls: Review

1473424362798.jpgHere at home we have one proper Waitrose near by, this meaning 30 minutes drive away in good traffic. Whenever I go here I like to try and get hold of a few “luxury” food items. The stuff I can’t get every day, and try to make last as long as humanly possible. One of these items is Booja-Booja, to give you an idea of the price range we’re talking. I usually leave here with a receipt that looks like I’ve just paid for small animal surgery. Trust a place like this to stock Deliciously Ella Energy Balls.

I first spotted them due to the fact they appeared to be 75p. Ha ha. No, it was a mislabelling and they were actually £1.79. Well plaid Waitrose, because by that point I had already seen them, and even after the price check (and a massive internal struggle) I had to fork out nearly £6 to try them- and then review them for you guys.

I picked up all of the three flavours Waitrose offer, which I believe is the entire range, and below I’ve got a little paragraph on each of them. So far, these balls are only stocked in the UK, and you can only buy them at Waitrose, or via Ocado.  Happy reading…

 

Almond & Cacao

(almonds, almond butter, dates, coconut oil, cacao powder and a pinch of salt)

This ball had the cake-iest texture, reminding me of a raw chocolate brownie. It was filling, and I loved that the ingredients were so pared down- enough so that each could be listed in fairly large font on the back of the wrapper (a la Nakd bars). However, I couldn’t particularly taste the almond, which was slightly disappointing.

 

Ginger & Cashew

(cashews, ginger, dates and oats)

This is the only flavour I have since repurchased. It was softer in texture than the above, almost like a ginger biscuit dough. As I spent a lot of my childhood eating raw gingerbread dough, I was a massive fan of this one. However, I know from experience that I can make something very similar at home, so don’t be sucked in to paying so much if you have the time to whip some up too. The taste of ginger is strong and spicy, which I loved, but just to warn you if you aren’t used to too much of this lush spice. Continue reading