Sunday, March 24, 2013

Balls of Energy! A No-Bake Recipe for you...

I'm always looking for a great new recipe. When I find one that boast only one dish and doesn't require stove top or oven time, I know I've struck gold. What makes a recipe like this even better? A boost of energy!

Let me introduce you to Kim :)
Kim blogs at Diary of a Jewell and while her blog is filled with all sorts of tips and tricks, I die for each one of her recipes. I'm excited to have her here sharing a recipe that requires no baking, one dish and gives a HUGE boost of energy! Needless to say, it's a healthy one too!

Diary of a Jewell, Kim




I could not be more excited to be posting here on Heart Shaped Sweat!

I only recently started following Kristine’s blog but I kind of feel like we are already friends. We’ve never met (in real life) and she lives in another country, across the continent…that’s not weird right? In fact, I think it is completely normal and considering we both love the same things, I think the friendship is definitely warranted.

It is pretty obvious that I have pretty big shoes to fill today, so I wanted to create a recipe that not only fit well on Heart Shaped Sweat, but was also easy and really good for you. In the Fall I was using pumpkin in pretty much everything and I adapted a recipe to create these delicious, nutrient packed pumpkin energy balls. Now with Spring on the horizon, I have been craving something a bit sweeter, so I created another variation of these energy balls to include fruit. Not only did they turn out delicious, I think these energy balls fit right into Kristine’s busy lifestyle, and hopefully they will find a place in yours too!Enjoy!
Cranberry Orange and Almond Energy Balls

Cranberry, Orange & Almond Energy Balls

Yields about 20 Balls

Ingredients
¼ Cup Rolled Oats
¼ Cup Protein Powder (I use vanilla)
¼ Cup Almond Flour
¼ Cup Dates
½ Cup Almond Butter
½ Cup Craisins (Dried Cranberries)
4 Tablespoons of Orange Juice
4 Tablespoons Agave Syrup
½ Cup Coconut – for rolling (optional)

Instructions
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Add all of the ingredients, except the coconut to the food processor.
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Pulse until the items are well combined.
If you find your mixture is too thick add more orange juice until it is the desired consistency.

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Portion and roll into individual balls.
I like to use a small cookie scoop, but a table spoon will work just as well. The mixture will be very sticky (which is why I choose to roll in coconut). Don’t be concerned, the balls will set in the fridge.
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Roll in coconut and set on the cookie sheet. Refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours) this will allow the balls to set and all of the flavors to combine.

These will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks but will last as long as 3 months in the freezer. I like to keep about 10 out and then freeze the rest. You can take them out as you need them, they thaw quite quickly and are the perfect snack to grab when you're on the go!

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ummmmm, isn't she great! Little balls of energy in a NO BAKE recipe! That's the best of both worlds!
I'm eager to give this recipe a try, I'm sure you are too. She couldn't be more right, this fits right into my busy lifestyle. I'll definitely be adding this to my list of healthy snacks!


Be sure to stop by Kims blog and say hello!
If you've enjoyed this recipe let her know! 
Take a few minutes & browse through her tips and other recipes too!


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16 comments:

Becky O'Neil said...

WOW!! JACKPOT!!! Thanks for sharing!!

April said...

These are similar to larabars (which I make into lara-balls sometimes for quick bites). These look yummy.

Kotryna Bass said...

oh these are so goooood! you wouldnt really think they are, but I just can't get enough!

Mary Catherine said...

Thanks for sharing this on Stress-Free Sunday! These look good! We'll have to try them out this week. :)

Blush and Barbells said...

Ooh I think I have *most* of the ingredients for this in my cupboard. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

Lisette said...

Those look divine! I've never tasted almond butter before so it's very intriguing. But orange cranberry? You had me at hello!

Katie said...

i've seen a few recipes for energy balls but haven't made them yet! those look great!

amyp said...

Sounds yummy! Cannot wait to try these!

Jen said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing. :)

Scudds Harrison said...

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Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

I can get behind a no bake protein ball. This one looks really yummy. Will have to try it! FOund you through the linkup.

Kerry
http://tillthensmileoften.com

Jessica Miller said...

You had me at "no Bake"!!! These look SO yummy.. perfect for a pre-workout snack! Thanks for linking up with us! :)

Ashley Barnhill said...

I love no bake energy balls! This have a unique twist to the ones I've made before so I need to try them!! Thanks for linking up with us!!

Lacey at Sunny + Turquoise said...

I'm all about those easy recipes especially those that require no baking, thanks for sharing!! Hope you had a fab evening!

Lisa said...

These look really good! Please stop by and link it up with my "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I'd love to have you join us. :-)

Night Owler said...

hey there. I'm nominating you for the Liebster award b/c you're blog rocks just like you do. :D

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