I love energy balls as they are easy to make and require no-baking. Energy balls are also an awesome provider of long-lasting energy for before or after training, or just to fuel you through busy days. These balls are also a great way to satisfy hunger pangs between meals.
So why not make these sweet treats, and tuck a few in your bag before you leave for the day so that you have a great healthy and portable emergency snack for when your tummy starts to grumble.
Makes about 15 small balls, or 5 bars
- 1 cup whole raw almonds, or other nut or seed of choice
- 2/3 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 3-4 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup raw pecans
- 1 or 2 pinches fine sea salt, to taste
This recipe is really versatile, so you could also add in or swap around the ingredients. Great optional extras are shredded unsweetened coconut, vanilla extract, chopped raisins, or spices like cinnamon.
I recently made and enjoyed a cinnamon and raisin variety of these balls.
- In a food processor, process the almonds (or your nuts/ seeds of choice) until finely chopped. Do not pulverize it into a flour as you want some texture- so it is OK if some bigger pieces remain!
- Take out 1/3 cup of the processed almonds and set aside for the final step.
- Now, out the pitted dates and dried cherries into the blender and process until finely chopped and sticky. A dough ball will start to form.
- Next, add in the chocolate chips and pecans and process until they are chopped- again make sure to leave some texture in the mix.
- Add salt to taste (optional) and pulse the mixture.
- Finally, pulse in the reserved 1/3 cup almonds. If the dough is too dry to roll into ball, add water, a teaspoon at a time, until the dough comes together. (Be sure not to add too much water too quickly or the balls will not stay together)
- Scoop the dough out of the blender by heaping tablespoons, then roll each scoop between your hands to form balls.
- Put the balls on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for about an hour to firm up.
- Then place the balls into a container or a plastic bag and store in the fridge or freezer until needed.