The dietitians of Health Stand Nutrition rank this is one of our favorite afternoon snacks at the office! We keep extras in the freezer for a boost of energy, protein and heart healthy fats.
This recipe was adapted from the energy balls recipe from the cookbook Whitewater Cooks at Home by Shelley Adams www.whitewatercooks.com.
Makes 40 balls
What you need:
1 cup hemp hearts (or ground flax seeds, chia seeds or sesame seeds)
1 cup shelled toasted sunflower seeds (or crushed nuts)
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups peanut butter (or other nut butter softned by heating slightly)
1/2 cup honey (heated slightly to liquify)
2 cups dried fruit (such as dried cranberries/raisins/cherries/blueberries or diced figs/dates/apricots/prunes)
For coating: 1 cup hemp hearts (or coconut)
How you prepare:
In a large bowl combine all of the above ingredients except the final 1 cup hemp hearts or coconut for coating. Form into small round balls (approximately 1/8 cup sized) and roll in hemp heart or coconut coating. These freeze well!
7 g Protein
8 g Carbohydrates
14 g Fat
2 g Fibre