Cherry Chocolate Energy Balls are a blend of tart cherries, dates, nuts, cocoa and spices for a simple pick me up snack bite.
First add the nuts to the food processor. Pulse until they are a grainy texture. If you over process nuts, the oils start to come out and the end result will be an oily energy ball. Still yummy, but greasy.
Add remaining ingredients to the food processor and pulse until the mixture begins to pull away from the sides about 2-3 minutes. You can test this by pinching a bit between your fingers and assessing if it will hold together. If not, continue to pulse.
Mix in mini chocolate chips, if desired.
Grab a palmful and roll into 1-inch balls. Give them a nice big squeeze to roll them together tight. Depending on the moisture content/freshness of your dried cherries and dates, you may need to add a teaspoon of water to get make the mixture rollable.
Transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Best served at room temp.
*Make sure your dried cherries and dates are fresh and not dry. To rehydrate them, you can place them in warm water for 15 minutes, strain and use.