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This sugar-free coconut energy balls recipe is from chef Michael Arthur.

His site, Michael Arthur Food has loads of creative, delicious clean food recipes with lots of vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian recipes.

These energy balls are a great energy boost before or after Bikram, and a healthy, satisfying option to scoffing chocolate or biscuits during your busy day. They’re also vegan and gluten-free.

Photo courtesy Michael Arthur

Photo courtesy Michael Arthur

Sugar-Free Coconut Energy balls

Energy balls are a must have in your fridge, for those of you with a sweet tooth who want a sugar-free hit. Dates have a natural sweetness to them, but are also digested very easily, therefore supplying a quick burst of energy. You could use any type of nut in this recipe. Nuts are a source of protein and general research shows that walnuts help reduce cholesterol.

Ingredients (makes approx 10 balls)

150g dates (try to buy stoned dates, as it saves a lot of time)
50g dried figs
150g walnuts
65g dried apricots
125g dessicated coconut

Method

Soak the dates and the figs in water for an hour. Roughly chop the dates, figs and walnuts and blend everything together. A fairly smooth consistency is best, as it makes them easier to roll, but the odd bit of walnut here and there is fine. Once this is done chop the apricots into small pieces and add to the mixture. Stir in half of the coconut.
Roll into small balls and roll in the remainder of the coconut, making sure the outside is well coated. Place the balls in a sealed container and leave in the fridge for at least an hour, before eating. These will keep for a long time, so you could make a bigger batch.

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