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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Mango & Coconut Energy Balls

Made with mango and coconut and containing no added sugar or fat, these energy balls are healthy to snack upon and are very easily made from store cupboard ingredients, making them perfect for when the munchies hit!

Mango & Coconut Energy Balls, containing no added sugar or fat

 I have been so pleased with the deliciousness of the date, apple & almond energy balls which I made a week or two ago.  So much so, I've already made several batches of them.  Not only have I found them to be naturally sweet and moreish in their own right, they are definitely helping me to keep away from unhealthy snack choices.  In fact I think my waist line may have shrunk a wee bit!  Bikini here I come ;-) 

Fancying a little flavour change to my new go-to snack, I thought I'd have a little play around and use some different ingredients but retain the same principal of the date and oat structure.   Having a half opened bag of desiccated coconut in the cupboard I thought I'd make some slightly 'tropical' ones; you never know, the tropical flavours may help make the weather feel a little warmer given the cold snap we're now having here in the UK ;-)   Alongside the coconut I incorporated both fresh and dried mango.  
Mango & Coconut Energy Balls

Oh boy, the dried mango was amazing, being great to snack upon straight from the opened packet.  Thankfully I eventually showed a little restraint and managed to chop up half of the contents to add to the mixture.   The dried mango I used was from Whitworth's range and was called Sweet Mango.  Although this link shows the stockist as Tesco, I actually bought our bag from Asda.  This particular bag of dried mango, despite being called sweet, contains no additional sugars,  listing just mango juice and mango under the ingredients.  The fresh mango was purchased ready prepared.

Mango & Coconut Energy Balls

Not having a food processor I again cooked down the dates with orange juice and fresh mango to soften them, thus allowing them to be soft enough to blend.  The oats, coconut and dried mango were then added before being shaped and rolled in toasted desiccated coconut.    This version of my go-to energy balls was equally delicious, providing the same assistance to vanquish my unhealthy snacking habit.  The mango flavour was evident but subtle and the toasted coconut delicious.   Personally,  I think they look like little chocolate truffle balls which have been rolled in coconut, and as such they'd be great offered as a small healthy gift for somebody who was being conscious of what they were consuming!           


So, let's get to it and bake!


Mango & Coconut Energy Balls  Yum


Yield: 24 Balls
Serves: 6 - 12 people
Difficulty: Very Easy
Freezable: Sorry, untested
Time: 20 minutes hands on time; plus firming up time in the refrigerator

You will need:

1 x Small Pan
Zester
1 x Medium Mixing Bowl
Stick Blender (or Food Processor)
2 x Wooden Spoon
Paring Knife (or similar)
Frying Pan
Dessert Bowl
Medium sized Airtight Container
Greaseproof Paper

For the Energy Balls

150g Stoned Chopped Sayer Dates
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.

Enjoy!


Notes:

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.











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24 comments:

  1. they look amazing (and i'm sure taste amazing too). I've made some basic energy balls using nut butter, coconut and cocoa before but these look like a great flavour variation. x

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    1. They really are Rebecca :-) Ooh they sound good delicious,
      Thankks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  2. Another delicious recipe Angela! I don't think I would be able to stop myself from eating more than one! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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    1. Thank you Kirsty :-) I must admit I had more than one in quick succession as a mid morning today! Though, I think they are better for me than having a couple of biscuits or some chocolate.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  3. These look so fabulous, Angela, and they sound like they must taste amazing. I fear if I made these I might just scoff the lot in one go! I love mango...had some in a salad today, its one of my favourite flavours, but I've never had the dried version...I will have to keep a look out for those. Well done with the waistline...I fear that after two kids mine is beyond help. Or at least I am not going near a bikini any time soon! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe! Eb x

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    1. Mango's great isn't it. I love it too. Ooh, you've got to keep your eyes peeled for the dried mango slices - they're divine - trust me you won't want to share them they're so good! My waste line still has a way to go, but I can certainly feel that my clothes feel a wee bit looser. I must admit I do tend to scoff a couple of these balls in one go - but they certainly stop me jumping in the biscuit barrel!
      Thanks for popping by and commenting Eb,
      Angela x

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  4. Ohh I love energy bites, but never thought of mango as an option :)

    .:Marta:.

    #tastytuesdays

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    1. They're great aren't they - so easy to rustle up and have to hand when you're fancying a snack. I guess you can pop what you fancy or have to hand in them.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting Marta,
      Angela x

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  5. hello! your balls look amazing - i love the idea of mango and coconut. these would be perfect as a snack for me on my shrinking waistline plan!! x

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    1. Hello! Ah, it sounds like you may be on the same plan as I am ;-) The mango and coconut were delicious and stored so well in the fridge ready for when the nibbles strike!
      Thanks for popping by and commenting Jenny,
      Angela x

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  6. Ooo I love the sound of this tropical blend! Anything that makes us feel warm at the moment is welcomed :-) Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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    1. Thank you Hayley, they were really delicious :-) We were certainly spoilt with the warmer weather at the end of last year weren't we.
      Thanks for hosting,
      Angela x

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  7. Oh lovely! I think these are even more tempting than the date and apple ones you made before. #CookBlogShare

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    1. Thank you Mandy, the coating of toasted coconut really heightens their temptation does it.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  8. These look delicious - the flavour combinations certainly sing Summer to me! I will definitely give these a go.
    Thanks for sharing.
    #YumTum

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    1. Thank you Daisy, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do :-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  9. I love energy balls but I have never considered mango ones! we love mango in this house! what a fab new idea to try :) Thanks for linking up to #YumTum

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    1. Thank you Charlotte :-) We too love mango, it's an amazing fruit isn't it. I guess you can pop anything you like into energy balls. Thanks for hosting,
      Angela x

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  10. I'm such a fan of energy balls like this - love the dates! Pinning!

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    1. Thank you Ilka, hope you like them as much as we do if you give them a try :-)
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  11. They look delicious Angela, perfect for healthy snacking. A great idea to use mango with the coconut x

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    1. They've been so good for snacking upon Sarah. When I have the urge to dive into the biscuit barrel I'm now grabbing a couple of these instead and that has certainly helping to quash my unhealthy snacking urges.
      Thanks for popping by and commenting,
      Angela x

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  12. These look out of this world-wow! Never tried mango energy bites but will now. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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    1. :-) Thank you Vicki, hope you enjoy them,
      Angela x

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