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Now let’s get to the point – today I’d like to share one of my go-to snack options with you. These bites are simple, nutritious and real YUM.
I first started making these during my last weeks of pregnancy as a preparation for the first weeks after giving birth. They have been a life saver during those first few months of motherhood – they kept the sugary quick fixes away and were quick to grab when hunger pangs kicked in.
Now, these little energy balls are my go-to snack when I’m craving cookies or other sweets. I whip up a big batch and stick some in the freezer, so they’re always on hand. I often put some in a little container in my bag when I’m out and about. They also work perfectly as a side to my afternoon coffee. Daniel likes to take them to work as an afternoon pick me up snack, to avoid reaching for the cookies going around in the office.
Now, why are these so good (aside from the fact that they taste like peanut butter cups)?
Dates bring all the sweetness and add lots of nutritional extras like minerals and fiber. Peanut butter provides a little crunch & protein. Then there’s some pumpkin seeds, oats and flax seeds, adding lots of good-for-you elements. A little sea salt and a coating of cocoa and voila, delicious goodness in a bite!
They are much better for you than (most) store bought energy snacks and you can easily adjust these to suit your taste. Add almond butter instead of peanut butter or swap the seeds for chocolate chunks. I like coating them with cocoa as it makes them look like truffles, but for a less messier option you could easily blend the cocoa powder in. Get creative!
These snacks are dairy, gluten and refined sugar free. They store well in the freezer for up to a week, or keep them in the freezer as a back up when your fridge stash runs out. That’s how we roll in this house.
So, ready to make some? Let’s get started!
Recipe: Date & Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Time: 15 minutes – Yield: 15-20 balls
- 1 1/2 cup (250 gr) dates, pitted
- 3 tablespoon peanut butter (if using salted, omit the sea salt)
- 2 tablespoon flax seeds
- 2 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 5 tablespoon oats (use gluten free oats if needed)
- 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- Sea salt to taste
- Add the dates to the blender. If your dates are very dry, add a splash of hot water to make them more moist. Blend to a chunky paste.
- Add the other ingredients and blend until combined. It’s okay to leave it a little chunky.
- Roll the mixture into bite size balls (I like to use about a tablespoon of mixture for each). Add the cocoa powder to a shallow bowl and roll the balls through it to coat them. Give them a little tap to shake of the access powder.
- Store them in a clean container (I like to use glass jars) in the fridge for about a week or store them in the freezer to keep longer!
To make these gluten free, make sure to use gluten free oats.
Adjust to your liking by swapping the ingredients to things you have on hand – aside from the dates, you can swap or add other ingredients. Yummy additions could be coconut flakes, almond butter or dark chocolate chunks.
Want a quicker version and less mess (although I think it’s the fun part!)? Skip the coating and just add the cocoa powder to the blender!
Let me know if you try these and share on social media using #eatyourdailygreens
Love, Eve x