I need something sweet to help me function the same way that I need oxygen to help me breath. Trust me. A day without sweets brings on a hangry that no ones wants to see.
One of the ways I love to indulge without totally ruining my waistline is in the form of energy balls. I mix up a new batch almost every week, adjusting the flavors depending on my mood and/or the season. My favorite combination typically involves the standard peanut butter and chocolate chips, but with the bout of warmer temperatures we've (finally) been having, I was itching for something tropical this week. Since we always have dried fruit and coconut on hand, it was easy to bring the flavors of the tropics to this sweet snack.
Of course, these tropical energy bites are packed with nutrients and lots of healthy goodness, so not only do they taste great, they're also the perfect solution for getting over the dreadfully awful midday slump (you know the one). Of course, an actual tropical vacation would help even more, but you work with what you've got, and I have to say, what you've got in these energy balls is working pretty darn well...
What are your favorite energy ball mix-ins?
TROPICAL ENERGY BALLS
- 1 ¼ cups nut butter (cashew, almond, peanut, etc)
- 1 cup oats
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal
- 2 tablespoons honey (if you like things sweeter, add a little extra)
- 3 heaping tablespoons soft coconut oil
- ½ cup finely shredded coconut
- ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
- ¼ cup each golden raisins, dried banana chips, chopped dried pineapple, cacao nibs, goji berries, toasted coconut flakes (you can also do nuts, chia seeds and/or other tropical dried fruit)
- Extra shredded coconut for rolling
In the bowl of a food processor, blend together the nut butter, oats, flaxseed meal, honey, coconut oil and ginger powder, until well mixed and the ingredients start to clump together. If it seems to dry, add just a touch more coconut oil or honey.
Next, add the mix-ins. Pulse about four or five times, for a few seconds each time, or until the mix-ins are slightly chopped up.
Form the mixture into balls. Roll the balls in extra coconut and then place them on a lined baking sheet. Repeat until you've formed all of the mixture into balls. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 30 minutes, then remove the energy balls to an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator.