Monday, 26 February 2018

Cocoa and Coconut Energy Balls

As I read yet another article on the benefits of a good nights sleep, I can't help but think how the chances of me achieving a glorious eight hours of peaceful shut-eye are as likely as the train network running to time (or even at all) in the arctic conditions forecast for this week. 

The last two and half years have been sponsored by caffeine. I am singlehandedly keeping our local coffee shop afloat. Since being back at work I’ve no need to set an alarm clock; the baby has that job between 0430 and 0500 every morning (and always nearer for 0400 on a Sunday).  If another someone says ‘ohh my child has slept through since they were two days old, twelve hours a night GUARANTEED, aren’t I lucky?!’ I cannot be accountable for my actions. 

I have read every book about infant sleep, tried every technique, bought every gadget and gizmo to lull the children into blissful slumber. White noise, massage, stories, light shows, hard core drugs*... I know every excuse for why they don’t sleep and every reason why they really do need to. I'd go as far as saying my specialist subject on mastermind would be surviving two sleep thieves. Except I could never actually go on the programme as the chair looks far too comfortable and I’d have fallen fast asleep by the time the general knowledge questions are asked.

One way of surviving chronic sleep deprivation is enjoying one of these energy balls, a tasty start to each (super early) morning and full of healthy ingredients too.

* Not really, but tempting. Oh so very tempting. 

PS This was written at 0450am. 

Cocoa and Coconut Energy Balls

Makes 18-24

175g cashew nuts
175g pitted Medjool dates
35g cocoa powder
2 tbsps cashew-coconut butter
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
50g desiccated coconut

1. In a large food processor, whizz the cashew nuts until they resemble a super fine powder
2. Add in the dates, cocoa powder, nut butter and flaxseed and blitz again for a good minute or two until thoroughly combined into a paste
3. Either using a couple of teaspoons or your bare hands form the paste into ping-pong sized balls
4. Roll each ball in the coconut
5. Pop in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to chill

Baker's notes...
  • I find these are best enjoyed chilled and store them in the fridge, they last for up to ten days in an airtight container
  • The flaxseed is optional but apparently it has loads of fab health properties 

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