Sometimes we need a little ball of goodness to keep our energy stores up during the day. I make a batch of these about once a week and keep them for “on the go” snacks. This is a recipe I will be including in my upcoming “Paleo for the Athlete” section, keep an out for it coming soon! There is the use of oats in this recipe but you may substitute this for coconut flour if you are uncomfortable using oats.
1C Dates + 1tbs water
1/2C oats or use 1/3C coconut flour
1/2C sesame seeds toasted
1/2C pumpkin seeds toasted
1/2C dried Cranberries
1/2C Almond butter
1/4C cocoa powder
1tbs honey or maple syrup
3/4C coconut toasted (to roll the balls in)
1/4C dark chocolate chips (optional)
If you need to toast any of the ingredients place them in a shallow baking tray and put in the oven at 350F shaking every now and then to brown evenly. Put the dates and water in a covered dish and heat in the microwave on high for 1min, place in a food processor and pulverize to a paste. If you do not have a food processor you can chop them up very finely and make a paste that way, it just takes a little more effort.
Place ingredients except for the coconut into a bowl and mix with your hands, it gets messy but it is totally worth it. If you find the mix a little dry you can add either a dash of water or a little more honey. Depending on the stickyness of your mixture roll or squish the toasted coconut around the balls.
These keep great in a sealed container on the counter or in the refrigerator. Mix up the dried fruit to your liking, even include some dried orange peel or apricots for a tangy version.
You can find a similar recipe using dates, nuts and cocoa in the Paleo Cookbook. We call them “fat bars” in my house as they contain so many healthy oils from the nuts.