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Energy Balls!


A great snack-on-the-go, make a double batch and store them in the freezer. You can change the dried fruit and nut combination to your tastes.

Substitute peanut butter for the tahini, roasted peanuts for the nuts and swap 1/2 cup dried cherries for same amount of dates for PB & J flavour. Walnuts with dried blueberries is a great antioxidant-packed option too!

ingredients

For balls

  • 3 cups chopped dried dates
  • 1 cup nuts (walnuts, pecans)
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup tahini (sesame seed paste) or other nut/seed butter
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp hearts
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup whey protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder (optional)

For coating

  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds (toasted)
  • ¼ cup ground nuts

instructions

  1. Place chopped dates in a medium bowl and cover with water. Soak until soft and pliable, about 30 – 60 minutes.
  2. Mix coating ingredients in a shallow bowl; set aside.
  3. In a food processor, pulse nuts and oats until nuts are crumbled but not ground. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Drain dates, reserving approximately ½ cup soaking liquid. Puree dates and nut/seed butter in food processor until smooth, adding soaking liquid as needed; try to limit amount of liquid added to avoid watering down mixture.
  5. Add date mixture and remaining ingredients to nut-oat mixture. Combine until well mixed; cover and chill dough in the fridge for at least one hour.
  6. Roll the dough into balls approximately the size of golf balls. Roll balls until coated in the nut-sesame-chia mixture, pressing lightly to ensure that they stick.
  7. Serve or wrap and refrigerate or freeze.

nutritional info (per ball): 125 calories, 5 g protein, 23 g carbohydrate, 4 g fibre

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