Raw homemade nut and seed treats are perfect little bundles of protein, good fats, fiber and other mineral nutrients that can keep you going between meals or at any time of day. In fact, I can’t say anything against them … they’re easy to make, keep for a long time, and taste absolutely delicious.
Chocolate and mint is one of my favorite combinations, so these little energy balls are flavored with peppermint extract, cocoa and chunks of good quality dark chocolate in addition to the healthy medley of nuts, nut butter, seeds and maple syrup. They’re so good that there was never any chance of them lasting for the two weeks that they could keep.
Raw Nut and Seed Chocolate Chunk Mint Energy Balls
1/3 cup dark chocolate, broken into small pieces (or use chocolate chips)
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 to 1 tablespoon coconut flour or rice flour (if needed)
In a food processor, combine the almonds, cashews and pepitas and process until roughly chopped and broken down, but not ground into a fine meal. Transfer to a large bowl.
Stir in the hemp, flax and chia seeds and cocoa. Now add the maple syrup or honey, peanut butter, chocolate chunks, coconut oil and peppermint extract. Stir well to combine until you have a fairly moist but shapeable mixture. If too moist, stir in a bit of coconut or rice flour and let sit for a few minutes. Conversely, if the mixture is too dry, stir in a bit more peanut butter or sweetener.
Shape the mixture into small 1-inch balls and transfer to a plate. Refrigerate for an hour or so to firm up. These keep well in the refrigerator in a well-sealed container for at least two weeks, or freeze if desired.