Energy Balls

OK, so the name doesn’t exactly convey how yummy these round delicious bite-size morsels really are! Packed with nutrition (and energy), these healthy portable snacks are enjoyed by toddlers and adults alike. These incredibly delicious balls are now pretty much a permanent feature in the fridge at home. They are incredibly rich and chocolaty and taste suspiciously like they are naughtier than they actually are. They are also easy to make! Make a big batch and keep them in an airtight container in the fridge to grab on the go.

Energy Balls

Adapted from and originally found on the Haelan Centre website (the recipe is not posted anymore).
 

Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of tahini paste
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup whole or ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup of fresh dates (you can used dried but you need to soak them for about eight hours)
  • 5 Tbsp of carob flour (you could instead try pure cacao for even more of a chocolaty taste)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1 Tbsp of flax oil or coconut oil
  • A handful of shredded coconut and/or ground almonds to coat

Method
Put all of the ingredients in a food blender and mix on the maximum speed. The
mixture should turn into a firm, play-dough type consistency. Roll the mixture into
bite sized balls then roll the balls on a board covered with shredded coconut or
ground almonds. Chill in the fridge before serving.

TIP: if you don’t have time to make “balls” simply press mixture into a 9×13 pan and
sprinkle with shredded coconut and ground almonds and press into bars. Cut into
pieces.

Will keep in fridge for 2-3 weeks. You can also freeze for up to 3 months.

This is definitely a food item my toddler loves, and I feel no guilt in giving him more when he asks. Of course, due to the high amount of prune content, you may want to consider that an BM may be on the near horizon. That being said, these tasty treats are a great addition to the diet for anyone experiencing constipation. I hope I haven’t scared you away because these are so delectable, healthy and really don’t alter most people’s bowels…at least not in a bad way.

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