These Cashew Berry Energy Balls are super simple to make, requiring only four ingredients and no baking. More importantly, these homemade little snack bites are delicious.
I found the recipe for these pretty Cashew Berry Energy Balls at Emma’s Better With Cake blog, but decided to add my own twist by rolling some of the energy balls in sugars to add some visual variety and appeal.
As I mentioned, the base recipe for these Cashew Berry Energy Balls has just four ingredients: cashews, dates, freeze-dried berries, and some vanilla extract. You’ll also need a food processor to grind up everything.
You’ll see that I used raw cashews for this recipe, but I’ve since checked around, like here and here, and found that there’s very little difference in the nutritional value of raw cashews versus roasted cashews. So as long as your cashews are unsalted, I think that roasted cashews also would work fine in this recipe.
Grind those cashews up until crumbly, as shown.
Then to the ground-up cashews, add the dates, which will be what sweetens these energy balls.
I used freeze dried strawberries, but you could also use freeze dried raspberries. Just remember that because the raspberries aren’t as sweet, you might need to add some extra sweetener, such as an extra date or two.
To the ground up cashews and dates, add the freeze-dried berries and grind just until mixed in.
Then roll the “dough” into bite-sized balls. These are really rich, so you’ll want to keep them to around the size of a large marble, if not smaller. You can leave these Cashew Berry Energy Balls plain, or add pizzazz to some like I did, by giving them a roll in some sugar, baby!
I added a dash of cayenne to some powdered sugar, and then rolled some of these energy balls in the spiced up sweetness…
…and, man, I was so impressed by that spicy kick…it was subtle, but still amped up!
For another version, I rolled some plain Cashew Berry Energy Balls in a combination of pink and red decorator sugar sprinkles…perfect for Valnetine’s Day, don’t you think? Green and red mixed sugar sprinkles would be great for Christmas-time energy balls too!
I especially liked the crunchy texture provided by the sparkly sugar sprinkles. I can see how these pretty energy bites would be a perfect festive snack to bring to your healthy friends at aerobics class!
These Cashew Berry Energy Balls have no additives or salt, they’re gluten free, and they’re oh, so convenient for a quick snack. Because the cashews are so high in fat, they lend an almost buttery flavor and texture to this recipe…for that reason, I’m not sure that any other nut would substitute for cashews as well. I hope you’ll try making this simple, healthy, and delicious snack!
Here’s the printable recipe:
- 1 cup raw (or roasted) cashews
- 6 large medjool dates, pits removed (use 7 or 8 dates if using the less-sweet raspberries below)
- ½ cup freeze dried strawberries (or raspberries)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt flakes
- Optional: decorator sugar sprinkles, powdered sugar and/or cayenne pepper
- Place cashews in food processor and pulse until crumbly. Leave a few bigger chunks to give the bites some nice texture.
- Add dates and pulse until the mixture starts to come together to form a sticky “dough”.
- Add vanilla extract and salt flakes and pulse again to combined.
- Add freeze dried berries and pulse until just combined.
- Using hands, roll approximately 1 heaping teaspoon of dough into bite-sized balls.
- First optional: pour about ¼ cup powdered sugar on a plate and mix in a dash of cayenne pepper, if desired. Roll balls around in powdered sugar until coated all over
- Second optional: pour a few teaspoons of decorator sugar crystals on a plate and mix two colors of sugar, if desired. Roll balls around in sugar sprinkles until well coated all over.
- Transfer to and store in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.