A sweet juicy bite of Pineapple & Coconut Energy Ball transported us right to the beaches. The anti-oxidant and fat-rich coconuts combined with the freshness of pineapple delivers a strong punch of flavour.
A dessert that will keep your appetite satisfied after your workout session or even just when you get the cravings to have something sweet after a meal.
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FOR THE PINEAPPLE COCONUT ENERGY BALL
- 2 cups Pineapple (fully ripened, cut into small pieces)
- 4 cups Fresh Coconut (finely grated)
- 5 tbsps Granulated Sugar (optional / depends on the sweetness of the pineapple)
- 15 - 20 Cashewnuts (roughly chopped )
- 15 - 20 Raisins
- 1 tbsp Clarified Butter / Ghee
- Salt (a pinch)
- ½ cup Dessicated Coconut
- High speed blender
TO MAKE THE PINEAPPLE PUREE
- Into a blender add 1 cup of pineapple chunks and keep some aside to add it later.
- Grind the pineapple chunks into a puree. This helps to enhance the flavour of the energy ball
TO MAKE THE PINEAPPLE MIXTURE
- Heat a large sauce pan,add grated coconut, ground pineapple and the remaining pineapple chunks that you kept aside
- Add sugar and a pinch of salt, this will help to enhace the sweetness.
- Mix them well, and place over a medium flame
- Slowly stir the mixture and cook for 10 minutes
- Once it starts to become sticky and slightly golden in colour, turn the flame off and keep aside
- Let it cool until it’s comfortable and chilled enough to touch with your hands
TO TOAST THE NUTS
- In a separate pan, pour 1 tbsp of ghee and heat slightly on a low flame
- Add raisins and cashews, and roast them until they turn light golden brown
- Turn off the flame and leave it to cool down for a while
- Crush the cashewnuts into smaller pieces using a muddler
- Mix the roasted dry fruits into the cooled pineapple mixture. Combine well.
TO ROLL THE PINEAPPLE ENERGY BALL
- Dip your hands in fresh water before you begin rolling the mixture into balls, in case it’s hot or sticky to handle
- Scoop a tiny portion of the pineapple mixture into your hands, and roll into a medium sized ball.
- Repeat the process for the rest
- To take this energy ball up a notch, roll them in a bowl of dessicated coconut.
- Do this while it’s still warm to ensure the coconut sticks on to the pineapple
- You can serve them warm or cold, based on your preference!
If you are a person who is crazy about sweets then this would be the perfect recipe to try out at your kitchen. There are days that you would like to experiment and come up with an interesting snack which you would love to relish upon and experience a complete “Hoogah Moment” for yourself.
We bet you would not only feel happy about it but also make your friends and family go crazy about these small little snacks.
These energy balls can be a surprise dessert when you plan on cooking a meal for your loved ones! It will be the best dessert to end a meal with, which can be prepared way ahead of time and kept. That will save some of your time in prepping other dishes
This recipe needs just the right pineapple that is ripe enough to whip a great dessert.
First and foremost, do not always go with the colour. Some pineapple may look green and be still ripe.
Look for a good yellow colour at the base of the fruit, a slight green tint on the top. The leaves must be vibrant green.
Give it a good squeeze and it should feel firm and not soft.
Get a good sniff near the crown of the fruit, you must get a good scent of sweet and tropical, If not then its not ripe.
Lift the fruit and check the heaviness. More the water content in the fruit, more the juicier will be the fruit.
The salt is included just to balance the sweetness in the mixture, so do not overdo it by adding more than necessary.
If you’ve added excess sugar, you can balance the sweetness out by incorporating 2 tbsp of khoya. Be careful not to add a lot of khoya since it changes the texture and overall taste of the energy ball.
You can always reduce the sugar content while making the energy ball. As fruits contain a lot of sugar content in them it is healthy to consume it naturally rather than adding more sugar in your snack.
The coconut releases oil, so we avoid incorporating the heated ghee to prevent it from getting more oily. Feel free to add it to the mixture, if you prefer.
You can even skip adding sugar into the mixture depending on the sweetness of the pineapple.
Try adding crushed and toasted nuts like almonds, cashew nuts and macadamia as well into the pineapple mixture. Follow the steps below:
Heat a sauce pan on a low flame, add in the nuts and toast them for about 10 minutes.
Once done switch off the flame and allow it to cool. Coarsely grind the nuts and incorporate it into the pineapple mixture just before rolling it into balls.
These are great as a mid-day snack for kids, so you can include it in their lunchbox!
The energy balls are loaded with good fats and nutrients, so you can have them as a pre or post-workout snack as well!
Make sure you finish eating these pineapple energy balls in a weeks time as it is made using fresh coconut so the shelf life will be less.
Store the energy balls in an air-tight container and keep it in the fridge.