Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Raw Energy Balls

Wow! It has been a whirlwind of a summer. Between my family vacation at the end of July, weekend trips with friends, and work, I have packed a lot into the second half of my summer. I am making a new vow, to blog more frequently in the next couple of months! Even though I have been behind on my posts, I have still been cooking up a storm. Be excited for a plethora of mouthwatering recipes I have on my list to blog about.

Raw Energy Balls- there is no better name for them. They are quick and easy to make, they are delicious and are packed with protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, natural fruit sugars, and antioxidants. They are a little ball of energy, the perfect balance. I have taken them on road trips or to work for an easy snack. My favorite time to enjoy them is first thing in the morning before my run. Just one ball gives me enough substance to last me through my workout; at the same time there isn't too much food jostling around in my stomach.

Raw Energy Balls In All Their Glory!

Raw Energy Balls
Adapted from Pink to Green

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup pepita (shelled pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup raw, unsalted almonds
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
7-9 dates (pitted)

1) Blend  oats, pepita, almonds, cinnamon, coconut, chia seeds, and salt in a food processor until fine.
2) Add vanilla. Add the dates one at a time, blend each date until the mixture easily sticks together.  If needed add some water to help the mixture stick more.
3) Roll into balls and store in the freezer. You can enjoy them directly from  the freezer; they don't completely freeze because of the fat from the nuts. They are also delicious at room temperature.

Adding the Dates To the Nut Mixture

The dates really add a nice sweetness to the Raw Energy Balls. I have viewed recipes that have mini chocolate chips or cacao powder in them; this makes them more of a healthy dessert substitute. I have experimented with adding almond butter, a dash of cardamom, and flax seeds. Be creative. I know I will. After you make them the first time you will be hooked!

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