1 ½ cups raw or toasted pecans (or any nut of your choice)
1 cup packed, pitted dates, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes if they are really dry
1/2 cup goji berries, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes
½ dried blueberries, or dried fruit of your choice with no added sugar
3 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut, more for coating
2 tbsp raw cacao powder, more for coating
2 tbsp raw cacao nibs, more for coating
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp mesquite powder (optional)
1 tbsp lucuma powder (optional)
½ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
1 pinch unrefined sea salt (optional)
Add the toasted or raw nuts to the bowl of a food process and pulse until a grainy texture is formed.
Next, add the dates and pulse a few times. Then, add the remaining ingredients and process until a thick, sticky dough is formed. Scrape down the sides as needed. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water.
Use a small cookie scoop, tablespoon or your hands to scoop the raw mixture and use your hands to roll the dough into bite size balls. You may need to wash your hands often so they don’t get too sticky.
Once formed, roll the balls in coconut shreds, cacao nibs or any coating of your choice and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Enjoy immediately or set in the fridge for 30 minutes. For best results, store energy balls in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to one month. If freezing, let the balls thaw for a few minutes before serving.