So, let's get to it and bake!
Mango & Coconut Energy Balls Yum
You will need:
Stick Blender (or Food Processor)
2 x Wooden Spoon
Medium sized Airtight Container
For the Energy Balls
1 Orange - Juice of all, Zest of half
60g Fresh Mango diced
50g + 30g Desiccated Coconut
35g Sweet Mango, chopped finely, (I used Whitworths)
140g Medium Oatmeal
How to make them:
1. Cook down the dates. After double checking the dates for any remnants of stones, place them into a small pan with the orange juice, orange zest and fresh mango. Place over a medium heat to allow the dates and mango to cook and soften. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes. Stir regularly. Once the juice has been fully absorbed by the fruits turn off the heat and tip the mixture into a bowl.2. Blend. Use a stick blender to break up the dates and mango further to create a smooth thick puree.
3. Add ingredients to the date mixture. Add the chopped dried sweet mango and 50g of desiccated coconut to the mixture and stir together thoroughly. Add the oatmeal to the mixture and mix well. Add more oatmeal if the mixture feels particularly soft.
4. Toast the coconut. Place the 30g of desiccated coconut into a dry frying pan and set it over a low to medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to move the coconut around. After a couple of minutes you will begin to smell the coconut cooking, very soon after this the coconut will begin to colour. Once the coconut is lightly toasted and a lovely golden colour tip it into a dessert bowl.
4. Shape into balls. Take a teaspoon amount of the mixture and roll it between the palms of your hands to create a walnut sized ball. Continue until all of the mixture has been used.
5. Roll the balls in the coconut. Place one or two of the shaped balls into the toasted coconut and roll them around trying to ensure that the whole surface is covered with coconut. You may need to gently pat the coconut onto the ball's surface. Repeat with the remaining balls.
7. Chill. Place the shaped coconut coated balls into an airtight container which has been base lined with a little greaseproof paper. Position the balls so that they don't touch one another. Ideally avoid layering them on top of one another. Place the container with the lid attached into the fridge to allow the balls to firm up.
a) Aim to purchase dried mango which has been processed without the addition of refined sugars.
b) If you choose to prepare the mixture in a food processor, you shouldn't need to cook the dates. You may also find that you won't need as much orange juice, nor as much oatmeal.
c) Consider replacing the orange juice with mango juice.
d) The balls will keep for 3-4 days if stored in a refrigerator in an airtight container.