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energy "fat balls"

energy "fat balls"

I am the type of person who gets exhausted quite easily. Until recently, most days I felt very sluggish, run down, with very little energy at all. Some days I just couldn't wake up - with no real good excuse (no kids, just a cat!) to be so tired - and it got me wondering and it got me feeling guilty. I'm in my early 30's, with no kids and I hardly have any energy, but why? I went back to my first and only true love: food. 

I love food. All types of food. Ever since I started teaching yoga classes nearly a year ago, I have really honed in on my diet, the way that I eat and the types of food I eat. I started perusing the internet and Instagram for other people who I felt had a real passion for eating healthy and making it look GOOD. 

That's when I came across this recipe for coconut fat balls developed by Lee and posted on her blog, Lee From America. I had always seen tons and tons of recipes for "energy balls" or "protein bites" but I had never seen them referred to as "fat balls". The name alone motivated me to drag my food processor out and give these little guys a try and I'm so glad I did. 

Not only are they packed with so many good, wholesome ingredients, they TASTE AMAZING too. I love to eat 1-2 as a breakfast starter in the morning to get my energy up OR at the end of an intense workout to replenish. I made these on a Sunday as meal prep for the week and they took no time at all. Everything blitzed in a food processor for a few minutes and Voila! The tastiest homemade energy bite you could ever ask for. 

Coconut Fat Balls (adapted recipe below) 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cup coconut flakes (I love using Bobs Red Mills)
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds*
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1-2 scoops of protein powder 
  • a pinch of finely ground himalayan pink salt 
  • 1/3 c. almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Blend everything up to cacao nibs in a food processor until dough forms. This may take a few minutes. 
  2. Add in cacao nibs and pulse a few times to blend.
  3. Roll into bite sized balls then lay on a wax lined baking sheet and freeze for at least 30 minutes. I like to use a small ice cream scoop to get perfect little rounds. 
  4. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for optimal freshness. When you're ready to eat, pop them out of the freezer for a few minutes and enjoy!

Notes:

* I used whole skinless almonds that had soaked overnight for this recipe. I was curious to see if removing the skins would change the color and texture...and I'm a glad I did! The result was a more smooth dough that holds together very well. 

Roll some up in the coconut flakes for extra goodness!

Roll some up in the coconut flakes for extra goodness!

 

enjoy!

xoxo, jamie

 

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tuesday intention: be kind to yourself

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