Sometimes (Ok MOST of the time) I am in a hurry. No matter how much time I give myself, I can never seem to leave with extra time to spare to not get a speeding ticket or a look from my boss for being late. I will take any and all tips to cut some corners and help a girl out. I was searching recipes for something easy to make and easy to grab and stuff in my mouth as I ran out the door. This date energy ball recipe has been a life (and time) saver!
I found an energy ball recipe that used Goji berries, but at the end of it all, I could not get the mixture to set up and form an actual ball. After some researching and tweaking, I think I have put together the absolute kick-ass recipe for portable little energy balls. I have taken them to work or popped a couple in my mouth right before the gym for that burst of energy I need when I don’t have time to sit over a pan or bowl. Plus with my dietary restrictions and trying to eat cleaner, I needed something without dairy, whey or a ton of shitty ingredients.
This recipe includes walnuts and coconut oil for the Omega-3 fatty acid and healthy fats. You can really use any nut you want (Try Cashews!). Dates are rich in fiber and a natural source of sugar and I added flax seed and chia seeds for even more fiber to help your digestive tract. They are vegan and paleo friendly.
Date Energy Ball Recipe
(makes about 16-24 balls, depending on size)
2 Cups Walnuts
2 Cups Pitted Dates
1 Cups Shredded Dried Coconut
1/2- 1 Tbs. Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1 Tbs. Flax Seed
1 Tbs. Chia Seed
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Combine the first three ingredients in a food processor until the dates and walnuts are chopped up. I suggest cutting the dates into fourths to make it easier on your food processor and not have it bucking like a bronco on the counter like mine did.
Add in the rest of the ingredients with exception to the coconut oil. When all of the ingredients (minus the oil) are mixed, add in the oil starting with 1/2 Tbs. first. You want a consistency like crumbly cookie dough. I made the mistake of using waaaaaay too much oil the first time and they were dripping all over the place.
When everything is good and mixed, spoon out into your hand and make into balls. Place on a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper. If you don’t have those, try wrapping a cookie sheet with foil and cover the foil with saran wrap. Put in the freezer or fridge for at least an hour to firm up. These can be rolled in any extra coconut flakes you have to make them look like fancy little truffles. You can keep them in the fridge for a couple of weeks or longer in the freezer, but I suggest wrapping them up in airtight ziplock baggies or a container to prevent them from eventually tasting like freezer trash.
Jeff and I just pick them out of the fridge off the tray when we want a snack. They taste just like cookie dough, imo, and warrant using all the abbreviations … OMG, FTW, TaTa (These Are Totally Amazing). Ok, I just made that last one up. It’s hard to stop at just one but I have to remind myself how sweet dates are (about 15g of sugar per date) and that keeps me from packing them in my mouth and looking like a squirrel on a nut bender.
Try them and let me know what you think in the comments below!