Homemade Gift Idea
I don’t know about you, but receiving a homemade gift from someone always feels that touch more special. Maybe it’s the extra effort that’s been put into it, or a personal touch that’s been added. Either way, it really takes a gift to a whole new level. Although I’ve admittedly never been one to make many presents, this year I decided to branch out and give it a go. The result? These tiramisu energy balls, which I designed for a friend whose favourite dessert is tiramisu. She may have forgotten them at mine instead of taking them on the train, but it’s the thought that counts, right?
Coffee, chocolate, almonds…
What more could you want? I think it goes without saying that these energy balls aren’t going to taste exactly like a tiramisu. For starters, they’re not layered. Nor do they have the same texture. They are, however, extremely delicious (if I may say so myself). Almonds and almond extract really give it that delicious flavour reminiscent of amaretto, whilst cacao powder and instant coffee lend the other flavours. Personally, I love it, and I hope you/ your recipient do too!
These are already pretty special, but if you want to go that extra mile then you can put them in a cute jar and decorate it to heighten those festive vibes. Try making a little label, adding sparkles and sticking it on the jar with festive washi (craft) tape. Attach a little bow or tie some ribbon around it. Use tissue paper to make it seem extra luxurious. Play around, have some fun, and let your creativity shine – you might surprise yourself with some epic decorating skills. Who knows, maybe it could be your future career!
These are best stored in the fridge though, so only put them in your special wrapping when you’re ready to gift them! Otherwise it might go soggy due to condensation.
Rich, truffley bites of heaven that make a perfect gift – for you or someone else. Quick to make, and even quicker to eat, double the batch if you want enough for you and a gift.
- 100 g dates, soaked for 5-10 minutes in freshly boiled water (unless they’re already super soft)
- 30 g porridge oats
- 30 g almonds
- “1 heaped tsp instant coffee, dissolved in 25ml water
- 1 level tbsp cacao powder (plus extra, to coat)
- few drops almond extract (this stuff is strong, so be careful!)
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla protein powder
Whilst the dates are soaking, measure out your oats and almonds into your blender and pulse for 30s or so, until a breadcrumb-like texture is achieved.
Add the remaining ingredients to the blender (make sure to drain the dates), and blend until you achieve a smooth, sticky mixture. It shouldn’t be so sticky that it’s impossible to roll into a ball, or dry that it falls apart. If wet, add a bit more cacao powder, and if dry, a bit of water.
Roll the mixture into small, palm sized balls before rolling in cacao powder. This step is optional, but recommended for an extra bit of chocolatey goodness (plus I think it makes them look nicer).
Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
I hope you like this recipe, and if you do make them I’d love to see how they turn out! So make sure to tag me if you share a photo on Instagram (@fruitsandroutes).