Monday, March 2, 2015

Power Balls

Power balls are a favorite in my house due to their portability, quick grab-ability and outright deliciousness. (Notice how the jar in the photo above is already half empty.) They taste like a dessert but are bursting in nutrition from good carbs, fats and protein... everything you need in a healthy balanced snack. These power balls are sweetened with local raw honey (which is a wealth of B vitamins), molasses (for some added iron) and pure maple syrup (which contains calcium, manganese, and zinc). With the addition of oats for fiber, these little balls will give you the energy and satiety you need to conquer your day.

These are the perfect snack to make when I find myself with a surplus of almond butter (you can see how to make almond butter here.) It also saves on dishes since I just pour all the ingredients into the food processor with the freshly-made almond butter.

Using a cookie dough scoop (in the photo above) speeds the process of rolling the balls and allows for a more uniform appearance. It also cuts down on the bickering over which kid/adult got the bigger ball!

Power Balls
Living Life Granola
Scant 1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut + more for rolling
1/4 cup unsweetened 100% cocoa powder
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp molasses
1 tsp water

If making this right after processing the almond butter then throw the oats in the food processor and pulse until oats are coarsely ground. Otherwise, place salted almond butter and oats in the food processor and pulse as above. Scrape down the sides if necessary and add the remaining ingredients. Pulse until the mixture is a fine meal and sticks together when pinched.

Using a teaspoon or cookie dough scoop, roll dough into about 24-1 inch balls. Pour a couple of tablespoons worth of shredded coconut on a plate to roll the finished power balls in. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge and enjoy within one week. Serving size: 2 balls.

Linked with the Simply Natural Saturdays blog series.

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