Although I try to eat nuts and seeds on a daily basis, they can get kinda boring which makes it hard to stay consistent. That’s why I created these healthy raw energy balls; they can be eaten for breakfast or as a mid-day snack when you’re tempted to eat junk food. To make this recipe even more healthy, you can soak the nuts and pumpkin seeds overnight and then rinse them to remove most of the phytates (phytates in nuts and seeds bind to certain nutrients which prevents your body from absorbing them). Make sure they are completely dry again before using (wet seeds and nuts will not blend properly and will taste different as well). Although I stay away from making chocolate goodies due to my husband and daughter’s GERD, you can also add raw cacao powder to satisfy your chocolate cravings.
- 1 cup almonds*
- 1 cup walnuts*
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds*
- 4 tbsp ground chia seeds
- 1/8 tsp of salt
- 1 1/2 cups pitted medjool dates
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder (optional)
*preferably soaked for 8 hours or overnight, and then rinsed and dried before processing. Soaking is not a required step.
1. Place the nuts and seeds in your food processor and blend until they form a coarse flour.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until a dough-like texture is formed.
3. Form the dough into 20-25 balls using your hands. Keep refrigerated.
Thanks for the energy ball recipe. I’m glad you mentioned phytic acid and soaking nuts and seeds. I did a post about that awhile back to help make people more aware of the issue…..https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/phytic-acid-and-why-you-need-to-know-about-it/
Medjool dates are awesome! Lately, I’ve been eating an energy ball with only three ingredients: http://www.ethericarchives.com/date-and-nut-balls
But I’m really looking forward to trying this! I never thought to add raw cacao powder. Luckily, I have that in the pantry. Thanks! 😀
Thank you! Let me know how it turns out. I will definitely try your 3 ingredient energy balls, I love simple and easy recipes!
Same here and will do! 😀
Thanks for the 3 ingredient recipe. I love cherries. 🙂
You are very welcome! Thank you for commenting. 😀