I went a little crazy with this last batch of energy balls! I’ve made these on a few occasions now, and this experiment basically came about from reading the ingredients on a Lara Bar wrapper one day and thinking, “I could probably just make these at home.” So here we are.
These bad boys are an awesome source of dense calories. They’re perfect for endurance activities and I like them as a sweet pick-me-up if my energy level is weaning or I don’t have time to eat a full meal during the day. They can be a good alternative to that chocolate bar hiding in your desk, but they are still calorie dense, so moderation is key. You can be downing these like a puppy and liver treats!
Here’s the recipe, but note that these are averages because I don’t ever use a measuring cup (hence the oversized batch in the picture) so you may need a little more or less of some of the ingredients to get the consistency right. I take no responsibility for how these may turn out if you follow this. Enjoy!
Serves: Maybe 15-20?
- 250g of raw cashews
- 400g of pitted dates
- 3-4 tbsp organic natural peanut butter (crunchy)
- 4-5 scoops plain whey protein
- 2-3 tbsp organic coconut oil
- Pinch of sea salt
- Cocoa powder to roll them in if you like
I use a blender because I don’t have a food processor, but you want to grind up the cashews into a fine meal. Empty the meal into a large mixing bowl and then put the dates into your blender/food processor, handful at a time to make a sticky paste. Add the pinch of salt, peanut butter and dates to the mixing bowl with the cashew meal and begin to mix together creating a consistent paste and then slowly add the whey protein. I save the coconut oil for last because I only add as much as I need to get the batter consistency that’s needed to roll into balls, or pack into a flat pan to make bars.
Highly experimental instructions, hopefully it works out for you! Maybe one day I’ll actually measure things and repost.