Saturday, May 7, 2011

No, not Cake Balls . . .Energy Balls!

A healthy snack that's both a treat and good for you at the same time, I make these and pop a couple before or after a yoga class, a long walk, or a quick snack to hold over to a meal. There's a bunch of different recipes for them, so I'm going to compile the ones I've made here and keep updating so when I go to do another batch I don't go searching again! For all of these - they are no bake and all ingredients are thrown in the food processor. I process dry ingredients first, remove them, process dried fruit, then add dry ingredients in and process to combine. I use a small Pampered Chef cookie scoop to measure and roll into a ball. If too dry to stick together in a ball, add drops of water til you get desired consistency. Roll balls in unsweetened coconut shreds or unsweetened cocoa powder for another bonus. You can make almost any combo with a ratio of 2 parts dates/dried fruit to 3 parts nuts/seeds/oats/dry ingredients.

Cherry Chia Bites
makes about 20 bites. Store in airtight container.

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds (I used raw, whole)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Apricot Coconut
makes about 24 balls. Store in airtight container in fridge.

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup dried appricots
1/4 cup MaraNatha almond butter with a hint of sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Date Nut Balls

2 ounces ground raw sunflower seeds
3 ounces ground raw blanched almonds
8 ounce of ground raw cashews
3 ounce of ground walnuts
1 tablespoons of ground flax seeds
10 ounces of soft date/coconut rolls, or soft pitted dates
2 TB cinnamon

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