#36alive 212: Healthy Recipe | Mint-Cocoa Energy Balls

Perfect as a pre or post exercise snack; these little refreshing bites are totally healthy, full of natural ingredients, and easy to take with you throughout the week for those necessary pick-me-up moments!

Today’s recipe includes peppermint essential oil, and as peppermint is typically cooling and enhances digestion, it’s one of the best oils to use during the Summer.

Check yesterday’s post (#36alive 211) for the evidence behind why peppermint is so effective!

If you’re planning a full-on day, need some motivation to workout, or need to refuel whilst you’re out and about, try this simple recipe and take these snacks with you this week!

Ingredients

(makes 25-30 energy balls)

  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cup dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup honey / agave / brown rice syrup / your choice of natural sweetener
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Roughly 6-8 drops of edible peppermint essential oil

Method

Soak the dates (stones removed) in a bowl with warm water for 10 minutes

Add the oats and cocoa powder to a blender or food processor and whizz until the oats become almost flour-like

Add 4 drops of peppermint oil

Add the dates and whizz again

Add the honey and coconut oil and whizz again

Add the last 2-4 drops of peppermint oil and whizz until everything is well combined and starts to stick together

Scoop out a small amount of the mixture at a time and roll into bite size balls

Store in the fridge for about 20 minutes to set and then pop a few into a reusable box to take with you this week!

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