Energy Cacao Nut Balls

This is my variant of the Raw Cacao Treat Ball recipe published on this site 4 weeks ago.
The addition of the Hemp seed and Linseed add protein and Omega 3 so they are packed full of energy and goodness and ideal for people who lead a very energetic lifestyle.
In my opinion the lemon adds a taste of decadence though if it is not to your liking then just leave it out.
If you have a sweet tooth and you never try any other recipe from this blog then this is the one not to miss. Using either a Thermomix or high powered blender they take only minutes to prepare and taste divine.

Ingredients:
¼ cup Linseeds (Flax seeds). You can use Flaxseed powder instead
¼ cup Hemp seeds. You can use Hemp protein powder instead
½ tsp Lemon rind
1 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
220 gm raw, unsalted nuts (My favourite is a mix of 100gm macadamia and 120gm cashews)
30 gm Cacao powder (* See note below)
14 Fresh dates (make sure you pit them before using)
2 tbs Tahini (I use Tahini made from hulled sesame seeds as the taste is milder than unhulled)
Container of Desiccated Coconut

Method:
Place Linseed and Hemp seeds into TM bowl
Grind for 15 seconds on speed 9
Add Nuts, Cacao powder and Lemon rind and grind for a further 5 seconds on speed 9
Add dates, Lemon Juice and Tahini and mix for 50 seconds on speed 9
Form into balls and roll in desiccated coconut
Makes approximately 15 balls
If you haven’t got a Thermomix then use a high powered blender instead

* Cacao:
Cacao is cold pressed without solvents so that the nutrients are better preserved than in cocoa. Organic Cacao has over 360% more anti-oxidants than regular cocoa, 21 times more than green tea and 7 times more than dark chocolate. Cacao does not raise blood cholesterol and has no caffeine. These balls are a good way to get some calcium into your diet because both cacao powder and tahini contain calcium in usable forms.

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