*I like to use raw cacao powder in recipes like this as it is not over heated therefore you are getting the max amount of beneficial compounds and antioxidants.
|Figgy healthy hazelnut chocolate balls|
-15g cacao powder
-1 tspn pure ground vanilla powder (the black stuff, if you don’t have this then try adding 1 & ½ tspn vanilla extract to the soft ingredients when blending but it’ll have a slightly different taste)
-2 fresh figs
-Approx 85g mix of dried apricots/dried ready to eat figs (these are the soft variety that are partially rehydrated so shouldn’t need soaking like the apricots, also, try to opt for fruit without preservatives if possible)
|Homemade figgy cacao hazelnut energy balls|
For extra flavour quickly roast or toast the hazelnuts e.g quickly dry roast them in a dry frying pan
Once the nuts have cooled, place the oats, nuts, cacao & vanilla powder into a food processor and blitz until a fine flour like texture
Remove this from the processor then add in the figs & apricots and blend until smooth then add back in the dry ingredients and blend again until it begins to stick together- this should only take a few seconds
Remove small handfuls of the mix and roll into balls
For added crunch & if you like the cacao flavour then feel free to press some cacao nibs into the balls
Best kept in an air tight container in the fridge.