Oscar-Worthy Superfood Energy Balls

The best thing about being your own boss? You can watch the Oscars and don't have to apply for a holiday the next day. How did I manage to get through one of the most exciting nights of the year? With energy balls and gallons of matcha tea. That kept me going until 6 in the morning, when the awards for best actor and actress were given out.

And yes! Leonardo DiCaprio has finally made it after being nominated a record 6 times. I'm a bit of Leo fan (particularly since Titanic), so that absolutely made my day. Odd fact: the orchestra didn't stop his speech, even after he had gone on for a while, like they normally do. But after six nominations and his first win, this was more than appropriate, I think, especially because he had something very important to say to the audience - he talked about the threat of global warming and the urgency to fight it.

„Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.“.

Personally, I was also hugely impressed by Mad Max: Fury Road, which garnered awards for best costume design, production design, editing and sound editing, sound mixing as well as make up and hairstyling. And then there was somebody I actually know: Patrick Vollrath was nominated in the category Live Action Short for the German-Austrian co-production „Alles wird gut“ (Everything will be okay). It was his final project at the Vienna Film Academy and it is a touching, beautiful movie. He didn't end up winning, but even to be nominated is, in my opinion, an incredible achievement.

This recipe is part of my superfood series in cooperation with photographer (c) Julia Stix. Food styling and recipe creation: Eva Fischer

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Superfood Energy Balls
15 balls

Ingredients:

  • 75g dried and deseeded dates
  • 50g (gluten-free) oats or rice flakes
  • 2 TBSP coconut sugar
  • 1 TBSP almond cream
  • 50g unblanched, whole amonds
  • ½ orange
  • 1 TBSP raw cocoa powder

 

Garnish:

  • 2 TBSP grated coconut
  • 2 TBSP raw cocoa powder

Preparation:

  1. Juice the orange and mix with the oats in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Halve the dates and add to a food processor together with the almonds. Blitz until you have a sticky mass. Optional: add a tablespoon of orange juice to the mix.
  3. Add the coconut sugar, cocoa powder and almond cream and mix thoroughly. Roast the coconut in a dry pan, then let it cool down for a bit.
  4. Form around 28 evenly sized balls from the batter (they should be around 2cm in diameter) and roll in the desiccated coconut or cocoa powder until well covered.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment and distribute the balls evenly. Let them dry for at least an hour.