Chocolate Blueberry Energy Balls

This recipe is from Brendan Brazier’s, Thrive book. On p226.
This is a short extract as a prelude to his Energy Bars section;

“These bars are the healthiest and among the easiest and least time-consuming to prepare. No cooking is required – only a food processor. As you can see from the recipes, these bars are in sharp contrast to commercial bars. They are high net-gain bars that don’t simply stimulate; they provide nourishment that delivers sustainable energy. I have made these bars since the mid-1990s. In fact, the recipes that follow are what have evolved into the Vega Whole Food Energy Bar that is available in most health food stores and some supermarkets.”

1 cup fresh dates
¼ cup almonds
¼ cup blueberries
¼ cup cacao powder
¼ cup flaxseed (Linseed). Use ground flaxseed if you can get it
¼ cup hemp seeds. Use hemp protein if you can get it
¼ cup unhulled sesame seeds
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp lemon rind
Sea salt to taste
½ cup frozen blueberries

Method (Thermomix):
Place Flaxseeds and Hemp seeds into TM bowl (delete this step if using ground flaxseed and hemp protein.
Grind for 10 seconds on speed 9
Place all other ingredients except the frozen blue berries into the TM bowl
Mix for 30 seconds at speed 9. Use spatula to constantly scrape down.
Knead berries into mix by hand.

Method (High powered blender or Food processor):
Process all ingredients except the frozen blueberries.
Knead berries into mixture by hand.

Since the moisture content in the berries and dates varies you may need to add more dry ingredients if the mixture is too moist.
Form into balls. I used desiccated coconut to coat them as they were too sticky to store otherwise.

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