Chocolate, mmmmmm! Everybody loves it, well, almost everybody. I certainly do.
Chocolate comes in many many different forms. Some good, some, not so much.
People love to grab a chocolatey snack in the afternoon. Some people grab a Kit kat, and some people, like myself, grab one of these chocolate almond energy balls.
This is a much healthier option of course, and a whole different type of delicious.
If you tend to like a sweet snack to get you through the day, why not feel good about it? By making your own energy balls, you are putting wholesome unrefined goodness into your body. I don’t need to tell you that chocolate bars aren’t good for you.
What you might want to know is that many of the bars marketed as healthy contain sugar, preservatives, and other things you might not really want to feed your body if you don’t have to .
The good news is you don’t have to. So why not make the switch starting next week. Make your own energy balls this weekend and you will have a ready supply of weekday snacks.
Some of you may have tried making my Coconut Cashew Apricot Energy Balls that I posted recently. The process remains the same for these energy balls. The base is made from dates, nuts and seeds.
You can experiment with different combinations yourself, and then simply choose whether you prefer making bars or balls.
These energy balls can be eaten a little bit before exercise, or right after, to sustain you until your post workout meal. It is good to try to eat an easily digestible carbohydrate as soon as possible post workout, to help replenish your muscles glycogen stores. These balls will provide you with both carbohydrates and protein.
In the recipe I put maca as an optional ingredient. If you are doing a lot of intense exercise you might want to include the maca powder in the recipe. You can read a little more about it and hemp in this Maca and Hemp Protein Shake post. (it is an old post, you will see how my pictures have changed since then, thankfully!)
In this recipe I soaked the almonds which allows for easier digestion and nutrient absorption. Please note that this also means they won’t last as long. Eat within a few days.
What do you usually eat as a snack? Do you think you need a change?
- 6 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup raw almonds, rinsed and soaked for 1 hour or more
- ½ cup shelled hemp seeds, (hemp hearts)
- 1½ tablespoons raw cacao powder
- optional: 1 tablespoon maca powder
- Strain the almonds and dry them off with a clean dish towel.
- In a food processor, combine the dates, almonds and hemp seeds. Start by pulsing rapidly for about 30 seconds.
- Add the cacao powder, and maca (optional). Process continuously until everything is well mixed.
- The mixture should stick together when you press it. If not, more dates are needed.
- Form into balls using a spoon. Each ball is made up of approximately 1½ tablespoons of the mix.
- Makes about 12 balls
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