I found out tonight that today is the World’s Cocoa and Chocolate Day! Yay!!! A little late, yes, but better late than never. I believe this recipe post is perfect for the occasion. These Chocolate Manba Banana Enèji Balls, are just delicious.
You see the word Enèji in creole means energy (shout out to Niska on this track LOL). And that’s exactly what these are. Energy balls!
Made with local chocolate, almonds from Cap Haitian region, bananas and peanut butter (called Manba as you may know if you’ve ever visited Haïti), these little succulent balls will please your palette and satisfy your hunger. Oh, and by the way, we do have some of the best peanut butter in the world! No lie.
Coated simply with powdered sugar or with milk chocolate bits on the outside, they are deliciously balanced on the inside with dark chocolate flavors. Allowing all 5 main ingredients to shine. The flavor of the bananas and hint of peanut butter and almonds’ crunch come through in every bite.
For my recipe, I used 60% and milk chocolate bars by Les chocolateries Askanya. From bean to bar, these are produced in Ouanaminthe by a visionary young woman named Corine, and come in a delicious variety. And I must say, are packaged beautifully by hand.
We all love chocolate… so here’s reason number #1 to indulge in these. Number two: we are, or know too well, a few super moms out there who are juggling work, life and family, and can use one of these “pump you up” snacks to boost themselves up.
So go ahead, share this recipe with them.
Do note as well that these are great for your kids too. For their lunch boxes or a quick snack, they are great to have in the fridge. My boys will definitely be popping one in their mouth right before soccer practice from time to time, as it will fill them up with all the necessary protein they could get out from a store-bought bar. Only these are home made. 🙂
Homemade with love, local fresh ingredients, and tons of nutrients. And they are ten times tastier!
So let yourself be tempted into making these Chocolate Manba Banana Enèji Balls which will fuel you and your family with energy, and pure bliss of course.
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
— Benjamin Franklin
Chocolate Manba Banana Enèji Balls
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Energy Balls • gluten free & vegan
- 55 g dark chocolate tablet (I used local brand Askanya 60% chocolate bar)
- 25 g milk chocolate tablet (again, I used Askanya’s milk chocolate)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup almonds almonds (Amandes du Cap from Cap Haitian are the best)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter (manba)
- 1 tbsp sugarcane syrup (use maple if your don’t have any)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
In a food processor, pulse your dark chocolate into small bits. Set aside in a bowl.
Pulse your milk chocolate into small bits. Set aside in another bowl.
Pulse your almonds into small bits. Set aside in a third bowl.
Again, in food processor pulse your oats until it reaches a powdery consistance.
Now add to the rolled oats flour your dark chocolate, your almonds, peanut butter, sugarcane syrup, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and banana.
Mix well in food processor until you get a doughy consistance.
Now in the palm of your hands, roll the dough into even balls.
Coat the balls with your milk chocolate bits for some, and with powdered sugar for others.
Store in the fridge for about 2 hours before enjoying.
May be kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.