Alright y’all. These have outdone themselves. I am a HUGE fan of energy balls… Probably because I am a huge fan of snacks. And also a huge fan of healthy fats. So you can probably see why these little nuggets are a staple in my pantry. Not surprisingly, my go-to balls are peanut butter oat balls (that recipe will have to come later, don’t you worry). However, I saw these tasty little “fat balls” on miss Lee Tighman’s Instagram, and I’ve been drooling over them for quite some time. I’m the kind of person who sees an appealing recipe, and literally rushes out to buy the ingredients and try them for myself. Anyone with me? Anyways, I ended up having most of the ingredients on hand, so I was in luck.
One of the main reasons I love energy balls is because you can totally make them your own. Following recipes is NOT my specialty (most of my cooking is done off hand, just making it up as I go) so these are perfect because I can basically throw in whatever I want! This time, I surprisingly followed the recipe pretty closely. And they turned out divine!
I wish I could have made a video of my attempt to blend these in my food processor. I have such a small food processor, so it was hardly doing any good as I attempted to mash the ingredients into it. After that failed me, I tried to transfer my chunky mush into my bullet blender. Again, such a fail. Wanting to throw in the towel after I watched the blade go round and round and nothing actually blending, I decided to ask my upstairs neighbor to borrow her Vitamix. BOOM. Within ten seconds, these bad boys were good to go! And they were totally worth the hassle, let me tell you! But don’t be discouraged if first time around a recipe or technique doesn’t work out for you. Just keep on keepin’ on, and keep on making those mistakes and errors! There’s only one way to learn these things, right?
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (+1/2 cup for rolling)
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup pepitas
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup walnuts
- 2T ground flax seeds
- 2T cacao nibs
- 2tsp cinnamon
- 3 medjool dates, pitted
- 1-2T maple syrup (add more for increased sweetness!)
- ⅓ cup cashew milk (or almond)
- Add all your ingredients to a food processor (or Vitamix), and blend until you get a dough-like consistency and all the ingredients are ground together!
- Roll the dough into bite-sized balls, and roll those into the rest of your unsweetened coconut flakes.
- Place your rolled balls into a container, and place them in the freezer!
- For optimum enjoyment, take the balls out and let thaw a couple minutes before consuming! YUM!