Date & Walnut Bliss Balls

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Date & Walnut Bliss Balls

Making your own energy balls is easy with this simple recipe that blitzes dried dates with creamy cashews, toasted walnuts and a pinch of cocoa powder for a hit of chocolatey richness. Perfect for packing in your bag when you're out walking, for taking with you on a run, or as a snack when you're camping (or event at home).

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  • 50g cashews
  • 150g dried, pitted dates
  • 30g walnut halves
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Prep: 30 mins + soaking | Cook: 5 mins

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1. Pop the cashews and dates in a bowl and cover with cold water. Leave to soak for 2 hrs, or overnight.
2. Drain the cashews and dates and pop them in a food processor. Add the walnut halves to a dry frying pan and toast over a medium heat for 3-4 mins till they smell nutty. Add to the processor with the chia seeds (if using), 1 tbsp syrup and the cocoa powder. Blitz to make a smooth paste.
3. Scoop out 2 heaped tsp of the mixture and roll into a ball. Set aside on a plate and repeat with the rest of the mixture.
4. Tip the sesame seeds onto a plate and roll the date and walnut balls in them to coat. You can store them in an airtight tub in the fridge. They are best eaten within seven days.
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I'm usually not this stupid, but I forgot about the pits in the dates and has to spend ages picking them out after processing! It may be helpful to put "pitted dates" in the ingredient list. OOPS. Anyway, these are tasty, especially with the addition of some dessicated coconut and orange blossom water.