Energy Project – Sweat Treats

I’ve been working on making sweet treats that are simple to make, use whole nutrient rich foods that fuel the body and support the active Yoga, Martial Arts, and Busy Mom lifestyle I lead.  Sometimes I just need a quick pick me up between teaching a class, doing a class, and running around with the kids.  I have settled on what I am calling Energy Balls.  They are fun and easy to make. They can be altered a hundred different ways and provide the sweet taste I am looking for with the added bonus that I know everything that is in there and it provides me fuel not filler.

 

I have a bunch of recipes that all have different flavors and healthy superfood ingredients but I wanted to start out with my very simplest version that I think is pretty amazing in its own right.  Look for additional recipes in the weeks to come.

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Here we go!  I like to make small batches so it is enough to last the week but gives me the opportunity to make a different flavor if I need something new or if my family sneaks into them.

Cinnamon Almond Energy Balls:

About 15-20 Medjool Dates (use this variety, they are moist)

1/3-1/2 cup Toasted Almonds ( I used the sliced ones from Fresh Gourmet because they                                                   work well in my small food processor and they double as a                                                   salad topping for my lunches)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt (I use Himalayan Pink Salt because I had it and it feels fancy :-))

That is it, all you need.

Pit and coarsely chop the dates
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Put it all in the food processor.

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Whiz it up until it looks like20160808_230123 this.

 

 

 

 

 

Roll them into balls and put them in a container in the fridge ready to go for snacks.  I got 14 balls out of 17 dates I used this time.

20160808_230839So why is this a great snack?

Dates are sweet, an almost chocolate tasting fruit that provides dietary fiber that is easy to digest. Dates also supply Iron, Potassium, and B Vitamins. While they do have about 16 grams of sugar a piece, It is invert sugar that is easily absorbed and assimilated into the body.

Almonds are a complete source of energy, they are a good for you fat, they contain Vitamin E and B Vitamins.   They also supply some Iron, Calcium, and Potassium.

At right around 100 calories a piece, Two of them make for a perfect snack for between activities.  The right amount of Energy and Fats to keep you going while satisfying that sweet salty craving!