nutty energy balls

nutty energy balls

Happy Sunday! I hope the weekend has been treating you well.  I played around in the kitchen earlier today – experimenting with different ingredients to see what healthy creations can be made.  As a result, I created nutty energy balls and they are loaded with fiber, fruit, and fatty omega 3s.

These nutty energy balls are exactly what you need to deal with the 3 o’clock slump during the weekdays. Pack a couple with you to work and power through the day.  What I also love about them are the different textures in each bite.  This is a great recipe to have your kids help you with!

For this recipe you will need:

2 cups almond butter
2/3 cup maple syrup
3 tsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 organic eggs
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment or a bowl with a handheld mixer, combine the almond butter, maple syrup, chia seeds, honey, baking soda, sea salt, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon.  While the mixer is slowly running, add the eggs one by one.  (I usually crack my eggs into a small bowl first to make sure they are still fresh.)

Once the ingredients are well combined, gently fold in the pumpkin seeds, pecans, and cranberries.  The batter will be very sticky so it may help to wet your hands before rolling them into small balls.  Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Pop into the oven and bake for only 10 minutes.  Remove the nutty energy balls from the oven and allow to cool before placing them into the freezer for an additional 10 minutes.  Store them in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Enjoy!!

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