Great Britain’s own Olympic diving bronze medalist Tom Daley is one of those (many) lovable celebrities I am happy to throw my hands up in the air for and yell “TAKE MY MONEY!” So when I saw an autographed copy of his new cookbook Tom’s Daily Plan available for pre-order on Amazon Britain, I happily entered my credit card details and awaited my package to ship. (Stay tuned for a full review of this fantastic book in the coming weeks!)
Looking for something quick and easy to try, I found Tom’s twist on the soon-to-be classic Peanut Butter and Oat Power-balls that I thought I could whip up rather quickly. Tom offers four variations in his book and I opted to try Tom’s Tropical Power-balls and Tom’s Date & Almond Power-balls.
Both recipes were very easy to follow and included the same foolproof instructions:
1) Combine all ingredients into a food processor with a teaspoon of boiling water
2) Process until all ingredients become a sticky paste-like texture
3) Roll into 1-inch balls and refrigerate
To make the Date & Almond Power-balls you will need:
16 Pitted Dates
1/4 Cup of Almonds
1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder
2 Dashes of Chilli Flakes
Dates are naturally sweet and pair very well with cocoa powder. If you want to treat yourself, try Medjool dates which are more expensive, but highly flavourful. Don’t let the chilli flakes throw you, they bring out the flavour of the dates and provide a hint of heat at the finish. The cocoa flavour of the Date and Almond Power-ball is strong and would make a great evening dessert, especially for those with a chocolate craving to satisfy.
To make the Tropical Power-Balls seen above, follow the same preparation technique and simply switch out your ingredients:
2 Cups of Dried Mixed Fruit (Pineapple, Mango and Apricot are best)
1/4 Cup of Cashews
2 Tablespoons of Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
The Tropical Power-balls are much sweeter than those made with the almonds and dates and provide a completely different flavour profile. This one reminds me of a pina colada or vacation down south. I think these would be great broken up with some yogurt in the morning or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
TIP: If making both recipes at once, save the Date and Almond Power-balls for last. This way you won’t have to rise your food processor as the cocoa flavour will not carry.
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