Easy Peasy Energy Balls
(Originally ublished on 14 Feb 2016 athttps://CornFreeHippie.com)
A plastic part of my Cuisinart Food Processor broke two days ago leaving this Corn-Free Hippie sad because, along with my Blendtec, it gets used at least once daily. So what happens when a food processor-less CF Hippie has a craving for an energy ball? She finds her small Ninja food processor tucked away in a kitchen corner and tosses some yummy sounding ingredients together while crossing her fingers that the balls come out somewhat smooth.
And the results? An energy ball with some chunky seeds that is delicious and gains the approval of the Mini-Foodies as well as Baby-Foodie Z who requests them with a signature point and grunt.
This recipe is one that does not have to be exact for it to come out tasting great. The key is to keep the date (and raisin, if using) to almond/sunflower seeds ratio equal so that the fruit is sticky brining the nuts and seeds together. What is great about these energy balls is that they work without soaking the dates.
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted or a date & raisin combo
1/2 cup almond meal or amond flour
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1/8 - 1/4 cup chia seeds
1/8 - 1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 - 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
Place all ingredients in a food processor adding 1 Tbsp. coconut oil at a time. Pulse until smooth. Adjust amount of coconut oil as needed. If the dough is not coming together, add a bit of water. To form the balls, take desired amount of dough from the food processor & roll it between your hands. Repeat with remaining dough and enjoy.