Superfood Energy Balls

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Let’s face it, you’ve seen energy balls all over the internet. And you’re thinking to yourself can they really taste good? Do they really give you energy? Well, my friend, I’m here to tell you that they DO taste good, and they really DO give you energy!

In this batch of superfood energy balls there are:

  • 15 grams of protein from the almonds
  • 20 grams of protein from the cashews
  • 4 grams of protein from the chia seeds
  • 5 grams of protein from the hemp seeds

So we are talking about roughly 45 grams of protein dispersed into 12 medium sized energy balls! Not to mention all of the healthy fats and omega’s, and the simple sugar, body fueling, carbs from the dates. Did I mention they are incredibly easy to make?

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I mainly whip these up for Evelyn. She loves dates, she loves nuts, and she loves seeds. These superfood energy balls make everything easy for her to eat, choking hazard free, where I can control how large the nut pieces are. That’s a huge win in my book. But they are great for anyone! My husband loves these to snack on these during the afternoon, and even though I am not a huge date fan, I have been known to eat a few with breakfast. They taste like a caramel almond/cashew butter ball, with a little crunch from the chia seeds. Quite tasty!

Ingredients

  • 15 small/medium sized dates, pitted (or 12 Medjool)
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Optional additions: dairy free chocolate chips, goji berries, or finely diced coconut flakes.

Directions

  1. Add the almonds and cashews to a food processor and blend until you get a rough “meal” consistency (see below). 20170305_153533850_ios
  2. Remove the nuts from the processor and set aside in a bowl.
  3. Add the dates and process until the dates form a ball of paste.
  4. Add the nut “meal” and blend until everything is well incorporated.
  5. Add the chia and hemp seeds (or any other optional additions) and pulse again to blend.
  6. With VERY clean, freshly washed hands (you can dampen your hands to help you roll the dough) form the dough into 1-1-1/2 inch balls.
  7. Store in an airtight container. Refrigeration is optional.

I make Evelyn’s “mini” size, so they are bite-size to her. It’s cleaner, easier, and works a lot better for us. So I typically make 7-8 larger balls and 10-12 smaller ones.

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Here are Evelyn’s…

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And word of advice for those with little ones in your life, these superfood balls won’t stick around too long…

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Nope…

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Not long at all.

So give these superfood energy balls a try and see what you and your family think! These are great for breakfast, after exercising, snacks for school, stroller/car seat food, and for traveling!

Check out my other toddler snack ideas here and check out my other delicious dessert recipes here.

 

XO,

Tristan

2 thoughts on “Superfood Energy Balls

  1. I just made these (with a few modifications) and they are so good! I used pecans instead of almonds (that’s what I had) and added about 1/2tsp of coconut oil–and they were easy to roll. I dint think these are going to stick around very long 😉.

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