As a busy, active human, energy balls are a lifesaver. These are the perfect homemade version of many of my favorite bars. Bars are great in a pinch, but when something can be whipped up in the kitchen in less than 15 minutes, it is an option I prefer.
With dates for a fibrous carb source, almonds for some fat and protein powder, these bite-sized balls are well balanced. As a pre-exercise snack, they are perfect on their own. Post-exercise, I like to mash them into Greek yogurt, dairy or non-dairy, for some extra protein and calcium. This can also be the perfect dessert.
Chocolate Date and Protein Energy Balls with Pumpkin and Almond
Yield: ~10 balls
- 15 pitted medjool dates
- 1/2 cup whole almonds
- 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- In a food processor, pulse 1/4 cup almonds until finely chopped and remove from food processor into a small bowl. This will be used to roll the balls in.
- Add in the dates and pulse until finely chopped. Next, add in the rest of the whole almonds and place on high until the dates and nuts are combined into a sticky paste.
- Next add in the protein powder, cacao, almond butter, and pumpkin puree until thoroughly mixed.
- Using a small cookie scoop, or a heaping tablespoon worth, scoop mixture into your hands and roll into a ball. Place in the ground almonds and mix around until evenly coated.
- Place balls on a baking tray and place in the fridge to chill for an hour. Transfer to an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for ~7 days. These can be frozen too for up to 1 month.