I am somewhat healthier than many of the recipes on this site would suggest. As much as I dislike dietary labels, I would define myself as having a primarily plant-based diet, with a fair proportion of it being raw.
My latest new toy is a dehydrator from Lakeland, which I am loving experimenting with, and am getting to grips with all sorts of raw snacks and treats. It costs pennies per hours to run, and at this time of year takes the edge off the chill in my unheated kitchen.
If you do not have a dehydrator put these on a radiator overnight or into a cooling oven after you have finished cooking something else. They are just as good not dried out, but considerably stickier.
I found that my food processor would not grind the flax seeds, so ran them through a spice grinder.
Chocolate, Orange, Date & Seed Energy Balls
- 75 g dried apricots
- 75 g dried pitted dates
- 25 g flax seed – ground
- 25 g mixed seeds – I used pumpkin and sunflower
- 2 heaped tsp cocoa powder
- 2 tsp peanut butter
- zest half an orange- I used a Seville
Place the apricots and dates into a bowl and cover with just boiled water and allow to soak for a few minutes. Drain, reserving some of the soaking water.
Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz. Add a little water if needed until the mixture comes together into a ball.
Take walnut sized amounts and roll into balls. Slightly squash into discs and place in the dehydrator.
Dehydrate for 6 – 8 hours until firm and not sticky to the touch.
If you do not have a dehydrator leave overnight on a radiator or in your oven as it cools down. Dust with cocoa powder if still sticky.
To make these nut free either leave the peanut butter out, or use Speculoos spread in its place.
Many thanks to Lakeland who gave me a dehydrator for review.