I'ts been a very long time since I shared this reacipe with you.
And with summer in full swing, many of us are hitting the road on adventures of all kinds.
Make a batch of these before your next road trip, hike, or outing and you'll be so glad you did.
They are GAPS legal, Paleo, vegan, and raw. And they're also insanely good.
them Date Balls. Peanut Butter Balls.
Whatever you nickname them, this
simple combination of dried fruit and nuts is protein packed, sweet,
portable, and yummy.
And so easy to make, you'll never buy a packaged
snack bar again.
So here is a basic recipe for you. Make this batch once, then tweak the ingredients to make new combinations. (Variations are at the bottom of the post.)
This recipe works with raw nuts or soaked/sprouted/deyhdrated nuts. It's up to you!
Homemade Energy Ball Recipe
1/3 C nuts or seeds – any type (I used Brazil nuts here but normally use soaked, dehydrated almonds, pecans, or cashews)
1/2 C pitted dates
1/3 C nut or seed butter – any type
1/4 C dried coconut flakes
pinch of celtic sea salt
Place nuts in food processor and turn on. (It's painfully loud. Your daughter will cover her ears. Mine does anyway. So will your son.)
When they look like the photo below they are plenty chopped. Transfer to a bowl.
you choose cashews or peanuts your nut powder will be oilier than the
Brazil nuts shown below. That's okay. Just go for finely chopped, just
this side of becoming nut butter.)
ear covering noisy chopping with dates.
Do pit them before you chop or
it will be regrettable.
Process until they look at least this chopped. More chopped is great as well and will yield a big smooth sticky ball of dates.
the nuts to the food processor with the dates and continue chopping
until the mixture is uniform.
Add nut or seed butter.
Turn on machine and
process for a minute until it is well combined.
If it sticks to the side
of the food processor turn it off, open and move it around a bit with a
spoon. Then have at it again. It should look similar to the photo
Add dried coconut, and briefly run food processor to combine. (You can toast the coconut first for even more flavor, or just add it raw.)
is the best part for my kids (perhaps because I have finally shut off
that painfully loud food processor, but likely because it is so
tactile.) Take approximately 1 Tb. pinches of the "dough", roll into
balls with clean hands.
Alternatively you can make "cookies" by pressing
the balls flat between your balms, or make bars by pressing into a small rectangular glass
pan and cutting with a spatula.
Balls are quick, easy, and portable, so that's our method of choice.
We drop these into a mason jar or bento box and away we go!
Ready to take it up a notch?
Try any of the flavors below!
Peanut or Almond Butter Cookie (dates, hazelnuts or Brazil nuts, peanut or almond butter, and optional carob or chocolate chips)
Cherry Pistachio (dates, pistachios, almond butter and dried tart cherries)
Cinnamon Apple (dates, almonds, tahini, and 1 tsp cinnamon)
Chili Chocolate (dates, almond butter, almonds, a pinch of chili powder and 2 tsp cocoa powder)
Cashew Goji (dates, cashew butter, cashews, and goji berries rolled in coconut)
Chai (dates, cashews, cashew butter, 1/2 tsp each ground cinnamon and cardamon, and a pinch each clover and black pepper)
What flavor combinations can you dream up?