|Healthy Energy Balls|
One cup of raw pecans
Heaping teaspoon of cocoa powder
Dried coconut shreds
- Soak the dates in water. If you think to do this an hour or more in advance, it's fine to use room temperature water. If you're pressed for time and only have a few minutes for soaking, use hot water. The idea is to soften the dates so that they are easily blended into a soft paste.
- Measure out a cup of raw pecans and put them in a food processor. A strong blender might also work, but for this recipe, a food processor works best.
- If you have trouble digesting nuts, soak them in water overnight, strain, and dry with a towel before proceeding.
- Process pecans on low or using a pulse setting until they're nicely ground. You don't want to make pecan butter here - you're looking for nicely ground pecans.
- Add a heaping teaspoon of quality cocoa powder. If you don't enjoy chocolate, it's fine to skip this step.
- Blend or pulse for another few seconds to bring ground nuts and cocoa powder together.
- Add six soaked and mildly crushed dates to the mix. It's best to add a little water to this recipe to create proper texture.
- A good way to add just enough, but not too much water is to lightly shake the dates as you get them out of their bowl of water, give them a gentle mush with your fingers, and add them slightly wet to the ground pecans.
- Process on low or use the pulse setting until the dates and pecans become together into one mass.
- You want the texture to be such that you can pinch off teaspoon-size chunks and roll them up with your palms into bite-size balls. If need be, add another mashed up date or two, but always be conservative in adding extra dates, as once the mixture gets too moist, it's very difficult to fix by adding more nuts.
- For some variety, roll balls in dried coconut, cocoa powder, and consider adding raw nuts and dried berries on top before serving.
Quick Energy Bites
By: Esther Vasa
This recipe is an inspired recipe and the original recipe was shared by someone on the internet and they called it "No Bake Energy Bites". I am not sure whom to give the credit but all I can say is that the recipe is a winner! I made some modifications and here is how I tried it and we all liked it.
|Quick Energy Bites - No Sesame|
Oatmeal - 1 cup
Ground Flaxseed - 1/2 cup (You could use ground nuts or 1/4th cup flax and 1/4th cup nuts of your choice, if you prefer)
Dessicated Coconut - 1/4th cup
Peanut Butter or any other nut butter - 1/2 cup
Honey - 1/3rd cup
Dark Chocolate Chips - 1/2 cup
Pinch of Himalayan Salt
Cinnamon Powder - 1 tsp
Sesame seeds - about 1/2 cup for rolling the bites (optional)
|With Sesame and Melted Chocolate Chips|
- Preheat oven to 350F and lightly toast oatmeal for 10 minutes.
- Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and make your bites as shown in the picture next to the ingredient listing.
- Then roll them in sesame seeds, if you like and they will look like the picture on the right.