Energy Balls

Healthy snacks are hard to come by, but energy balls are one of the few sugar-free delights that are fun to make and truly a joy to eat. Just be careful not to eat too many! Recommended serving size: no more than 2 per day.

The process is fairly simple and extremely adaptable to a variety of ingredients.

1. First, soak 6-8 nice chunks of dried fruit for an hour to soften. If you don’t have an hour, bring 2 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat, add fruit for about 10 minutes. I like to use dates, figs, and/or mango, but berries might be a nice option also. Strain the fruit put in a blender.

2. Add any leftover ground nuts you have from making nut milk (ideally about a quarter cup), and either a cup of nut butter (filling the measuring cup with half a cup of water first is a good way to prevent the nut butter from sticking to the edges,) or a cup of nuts (preferably soaked and then dehydrated,) and a tablespoon of a cold-pressed oil such as olive, sesame, or peanut. Add a bit of shredded coconut or hemp seeds if you want, and if you have a strong sweet tooth you can add a drop of raw honey to the mix as well.

3. Blend it all together until mostly smooth, and roll into balls. Finish off by rolling the balls in raw cocoa powder and/or shredded coconut if desired.

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