Raw cocoa nibs energy balls

Raw cocoa nibs energy balls

Today I had my first outing with Dead Drop Fitness. DeadDrop events are a collection of secret fitness events designed by former military operatives. They are outdoor, whatever the weather, and often espionage themed. Lots of fun, and a great way to force myself out of bed on this rainy  and misty Sunday morning. The next one is on Feb 13th for “Operation Kill Cupid” !

After an hour of running around and jumping in the mud, I was in need for some extra energy and I turned to my now well worn out copy of  Scott Jurek‘s Eat & Run.  His Xocolatl Energy Balls were just what I needed, with only very minor adjustments.

What do you need? 1/2 cup cashews – 1/2 raw cocoa nibs – 8 dates – 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon – 1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract) – 1/4 tsp red chili flakes – 1 pinch salt – 2 tbsp coconut oil.


How to make it? 

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the coconut oil in a food processor (I used my faithful Thermomix) for 1 minute or until reduced to a fine powder.
  2. Add the melted coconut oil and stir until well combined. The original recipe only call for 1 1/2 tsp but I found I needed more for the whole thing to stick together.                                                                                   IMG_1981
  3. Form round balls and place on a plate. If you want to add some crunch you can roll them into cocoa nibs.
  4. Refrigerate for 15-20 mn. Then transfer into an air-tight container. They will keep for  a week in the fridge.



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