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Recipe: Chocolate Date and Protein Energy Balls with Pumpkin and Almond

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 

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Next add in the protein powder, cacao, almond butter, and pumpkin puree until thoroughly mixed.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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