Oh that sweet tooth… It’s haunted me forever. By choice or not, I think it’s safe to assume that most people aim to consume sugar in moderation. I have been striving towards that goal myself. Making these energy balls often definitely quenches my need for sweets; they are tasty and healthier than most dessert options.
There also are no baking pans involved and no oven heat in the summer months. These balls are satiating and full of healthy, raw ingredients that retain their nutritional goodness. On top of that, it’s hard to mess them up.
Here’s a recipe that was inspired by a post at recipefirst.blogspot.com (but the blog has been removed… maybe for mentioning balls!? :). It makes about a dozen or 15 balls, depending on the size.
6 Tbs butter (or the whole stick, if you choose to omit the next ingredient), melted
2 Tbs coconut oil (I like to get this stuff into everything!)
1/4 cup sugar (you could use less, or none at all, replace it with agave nectar or maple syrup)
1 tsp stevia (optional)
2 Tbs coffee (or water)
~~~~mix the ingredients with sugar till the sugar liquifies a bit~~~~
1 1/2 cups oats (rolled or quick)
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 sunflower seeds
1 handful of walnuts (for reasons of consistency ~ 2 Tbs)
1 Tbs chia seeds (or more! but serve with floss ;)
1 Tbs flaxseed meal
1/2 cup cocoa powder
~~~Now mix it up! Add another tablespoon of coffee or water for consistency, if needed~~~
3 Tbs of peanut butter
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
~~~Mix again and there, you have the yummy start of your balls. Or bars.~~~
I sometimes roll some of them in shredded, unsweetened coconut I’d love to hear about other healthy dessert options, so please share if you have or are wanting to try something. Happy mixing and healthy snacking!