Kitchen Sink Energy Balls

Last night I was in a random mood. I found myself experimenting in the kitchen – a rarity to say the least! I’ve recently been reading a lot about making your own granola bars/balls. So I decided to try my hand at the idea.

Here’s what I had on-hand last night:

– Adams natural creamy peanut butter

– Medjool dates (from bulk section at Winco)

– Homemade apple butter

– Lime Juice

– Oats

– Coconut flakes

The first five ingredients found their way into the food processor and formed a sticky mess. I then rolled the dough into small balls and rolled into the coconut flakes for an outer coating. I then placed in the refrigerator and enjoyed a delicious treat several hours later.

Needless to say, these little gems are easy to make, convenient to eat when you’re on the go and are a great alternative to sugar-laden, preservative-packed granola bars at the grocery store. There are also a TON of different varieties to add to adjust your bars/balls to your liking.

You could add:

– Raisins, craisins, dried apricots, dried blueberries, any dried fruit

– Raw nuts: peanuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, walnuts

– Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter

– Applesauce, applebutter, yogurt

– Coconut flakes

– Lime juice, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa powder, lemon zest, orange zest, almond flavoring

– Oats, bran, rice crisp cereal, pretzels, graham crackers

– Avocado, shredded carrot, pineapple chunks

– Chocolate chips for the folks with an extra sweet tooth (but only add a few!)

So what makes these gems so fabulous? 

– Fiber: through the dried fruit

– Healthy polyunsaturated fat: through the nuts or nut butter

– Less Sugar: natural fructose (slow digesting sugar – better on your blood sugar levels) found in the dried fruit compared to added white sugar, high fructose corn syrup or honey

– Antioxidants: through the dried fruit

– Whole grains: through the oats

– No preservatives

So…get in the kitchen and get creative! Enjoy 🙂

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