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Snacks on the Go: Energy Balls - Fit to Be King

These fool-proof energy balls are not only easy to make, but will sustain you for hours while you're on the go

by Chandler Parr @LAKings / Fit to be King

Energy balls are all the rage these days.

You can find them for sale at almost any boutique health food store. I used to buy them at our local organic grocer, until they disappeared one afternoon. I went back the next week and, nope, still gone.

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own. I always wished the ones I used to buy had different ingredients, and had more nuts for added protein and healthy fats. So when making my own, I now had that control.

This is the recipe I came up with, and am loving it! These little guys are great pre or post-workout snacks, or just a little something sweet if you're on the go and need a quick pick me up. They are also a great gift or something to bring to a party. They are a great little desert. No processed sugar, all organic, and so yummy!

If you don't like any of the below nuts, you can sub for any other nut you like. I like the mix of these three, with the maple notes from the pecans, mixed with the protein super star almonds and the omega 3's from the walnuts, but you can always modify.

Fit to be King Energy Balls

Ingredients
  • 1/2C Raw Pecans
  • 1/2C Raw Almonds
  • 1/2C Raw Walnuts
  • 1C Pitted organic Dates 
  • 1C Finely Shredded organic Coconut
Instructions

Pour the pecans, almonds and walnuts into a blender or food processor. Blend until all ingredients are combined and have a powdery consistency.

Take nut powder mix out of the blender and set aside in a bowl. Next, pour the pitted dates into the blender or food processor. Pulse until the dates are finely diced and look like small beads. 

Next, slowly add the nut powder back into the blender or processor with the dates. Make sure you fold together with a fork so some of the mixture gets underneath and combined with the dates before pulsing. Pulse until the nut powder and dates are completely combined. transfer the combined mixture into a large bowl. 

Use your hands to knead the mixture together until it forms into a dough like consistency. Form a large round mound, like you would with pizza dough. 

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