10largeMedjool dates (pitted)Roughy chopped. The dates I used were on the big side, if your dates are small you may need to add 2 or 3 more.
40gjumbo oats (approx ½ a US cup)
2tbspmatcha tea powderplus more for dusting (optional)
2tbsplemon zest the zest of two medium lemons
135gdark vegan chocolate (4.7oz)
Add the oats, walnuts and 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds to a food processor and blend until you have a rough powder.Next, add 2 tablespoons of matcha powder and lemon zest and blitz until everything is combined.
Now add the dates, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.Blend until you have a rough dough.
Using a tablespoon measure out one portion. Using your hands squeeze it into a disk shape. Then roll it between the palms of your hands into a ball.Repeat until you have used up all the dough. Place on a plate then leave to chill in the fridge while you melt the chocolate.
Once the chocolate is melted dip each ball into the chocolate. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking tray. Repeat for each ball.If you are using shredded coconut you can sprinkle each ball now.Pop the tray in the fridge so the chocolate can set.
Once the chocolate is solid dust a little matcha over the balls using a small sieve.They are now ready to eat, however, we love these chilled, straight from the fridge. So if you like, pop them back in the fridge to chill for a half hour or so.
Dates - The dates I used were on the large side so you may need more if your dates are small.
Oats - I use jumbo rolled oats to make these, instant oats won't work here.
Sweetness - These energy balls are not overly sweet, if you prefer more sweetness then you can add another date or two or add more maple syrup.
Storing - Store in the fridge in an air-tight container.
Serving - These can be eaten as soon as they are ready however we love these chilled. They are great straight from the fridge!
Nutritional Information - All nutritional information is approximate and is calculated using an online nutrition tool. Information can vary depending on various factors but I have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
Measurements - I weigh all my ingredients using an electric scale, all measurements are metric. Cup measurements are approximate.