You’ve got a bad sugar craving and are about to reach for that pack of Oreos. You’re in luck, because these Almond and Chestnut Boules d’Energie are vital to combat that moment when you are desperate for something sweet and are likely to reach for an unhealthy choice. Enter, my “boules d’energie!” They are jam-packed with healthy fats and lots of minerals and natural unrefined sugars that will keep you satisfied and going all afternoon. See Deliciously Ella for the original recipe as she is the one who turned me on to them. My recipe is adapted from hers and differs in that mine have a dash of maple syrup and cooked chestnuts for a teeny bit more sweetness and an additional nutty flavor thrown into the mix. They are super easy to make and cleanup is a breeze as you’ll only have to wash one bowl from your food processor and the blade. We all certainly have more interesting things to do than a sink full of dishes.
When I was making these, our new staircase was being installed at our house. The installation was taking a little time, and our “ouvriers” (workers) were at our house well past 5pm finishing up. They were kind enough not to leave us overnight with stairs only halfway up to the second floor of our house! Feeling proud about my little creation of the day, I was delighted to offer these to the guys. My first offer was countered with an interesting reply. He said he was on a “regime” (a diet). Okay, I understand, he was the “grand-père” of the work team, and he had probably never seen a little ball rolled in coconut in his life, and quite honestly didn’t want to insult me if he didn’t like it. But the younger guy who was probably about my age was more open and willingly picked up a ball with a little smile. Instead of tossing back the ball and consuming it all at once like I think most of us would do, he gingerly bit into half of it. Perhaps it was to see exactly what he had gotten himself into, since I prepped him before that these were not chocolate truffles, but rather “boules d’énérgie” (energy bites) made with healthy things inside like dates and almonds. He was quick to admit it was good, popped the other half in his mouth, and continued installing the steps.
Ready to learn how to make these little guys? Here we go!
You’ll need all of this stuff in the photo: virgin Coconut Oil (boy was I excited to find this when I went to a “bio” (health food) store in Paris the other day!), Raw Cacao Powder (I used Van Houten, but since this is not available in the US I have included the link to one that is), 100% Maple Syrup, (please don’t settle for anything less than 100% because most maple syrups are only 10% maple syrup and 90% suspicious additives), Cooked and Peeled Chestnuts, Raw Organic Almonds, Organic Medjool Dates, and Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut Powder.
Take out your food processor and give the big container a nice soapy rinse to reassure you that your energy balls won’t have any extra unfriendly additives. I think years went by during which I never used our Magimix. Since starting this blog, I now use this workhorse at least a few times a week. I’m glad to finally put it to good use, because it is one impressively powerful machine. I highly recommend it. If you’re in the market for one, know that there are other options if you don’t want fork over $400 for the “Rolls Royce” Magimix model. For example, Cuisinart also makes a similar model for half the price.
First add the almonds and process. Then add the dates, and then all of the other ingredients. You’ll have a mix which looks like loose crumbs. Add in a small splash of water until the crumbs join and form one large ball. Once the ball forms, you’re done! I guess I was so excited to make these balls that I forgot to photograph these steps, but when you’ve removed your big ball of yumminess the machine will look like this:
Take a little bit and roll into small balls, like so:
Then put a little coconut on a plate, and roll-away!
Place in your favorite bowl and pop in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then transfer to the refrigerator where they should stay for good for about one week. At 2 balls/day X at least 2 “Energie Boule” consumers in your family, I guarantee the bowl will be empty by the end of the week, if not way sooner!
If you made these Almond and Chestnut “Boules d’Energie” I’d love to hear what you think!
Until tomorrow when we delve into the awesomeness of creamy coconut chia pudding,