Cacao-Buckwheat Energy Balls
 
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This delicious bite size energy balls will satisfy sweet cravings in a healthy way that will keep your energy levels up without any guilt!
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Recipe type: Snack, sweet treat.
Cuisine: Healthy, sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, egg free.
Serves: 15-20
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Medjool* dates.
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened cacao powder.
  • ⅔ cups of raw buckwheat** or buckinis**.
  • 6 drops of vanilla extract.
  • 1 cup of dry shredded coconut or coconut flakes.
  • ½ tsp. of cinnamon powder.
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle the shredded coconut with the cinnamon and lightly toast it in a skillet over low heat. If you are using coconut flakes instead of shredded coconut, use the blender or the food processor to make the coconut pieces smaller.
  2. Toast it just for a few minutes, moving it around until you can smell the aroma and until the coconut starts turning light golden.
  3. Set aside on a plate so it cools down for later use.
  4. Add the dates, cacao, and vanilla into a food processor and pulse until the mixture becomes fully blended. It should look like a thick paste.
  5. Add the buckwheat and pulse only a couple of times. You want to blend the buckwheat just a little but you still want to be able to see and feel the buckwheat grains.
  6. Use a teaspoon to scoop out some mixture and form a ball using your hands, in the same way you would make a ball if using Play-Doh. I like to make small bite size balls about 1 inch in diameter.
  7. Roll the balls on top of the toasted coconut until they are fully covered.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or use wax paper to wrap each ball individually as if it was a piece of candy.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
*Medjool dates are softer and have more moisture than other types of dates. If you are not using Medjool dates, just cut the dates in half, place them in a bowl, cover them with water, and let them soak for at least half an hour. Then, drain the water and follow the recipe.
**Make sure you use raw buckwheat or buckinis instead of toasted buckwheat. Raw buckwheat has a mild taste and it’s softer than toasted buckwheat. Toasted buckwheat (also called kasha) can sometimes taste a little bitter and it is much harder. Buckinis are also a great choice to use, as they are raw buckwheat that has been previously soaked in water (to make its nutrients more easily available to our bodies) and then dehydrated.
Recipe by Elena's Healthy Ways at http://elenashealthyways.com/2016/08/29/cacao-buckwheat-energy-balls/