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Peanut butter, date and cacao power

RECIPE: Peanut butter, date and cacao power balls

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Looking for the perfect power ball recipe? With a nutty crunch and a chilli twist, these cacao balls might just end the search.

Perfect for helping you recover from a workout, these protein-rich balls also contain fibre-rich dates and an (optional) pinch of chilli powder to power your day. They’ll keep for about a week in the fridge, but you can freeze them, too.  

Peanut butter, date and cacao power balls

Makes 20 balls 
Prep time: 25 minutes

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, paleo 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dried dates
  • 4 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder 
  • 1 pinch chilli powder, optional
  • 1 cup pecan nuts
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup, plus extra if needed

How to make

  • Place dates, peanut butter, cacao and chilli powder, if using, into a food processor and blend to a paste.
  • Add pecans and maple syrup and blend to a stiff, chunky mixture. If necessary, add more maple syrup to ensure mixture can be formed into balls.
  • Roll mixture into bite-sized balls.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.