Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Four Ingredient Energy Balls with Peanut Butter and Dates

Instead of snacking on Cheetos and Chicago Mix, I've been whipping up quick, easy, delicious, and filling alternatives. Bagged snacks can often leave your throat feeling raw and your body feeling sluggish, but these four ingredient energy balls make you feel so good. And I'd venture to say they taste better too.

Simply combine 1/2 cup rolled oats (you can also use quick oats), 1/4 cup hemp hearts (you can also use flax seeds or chia seeds), 1/3 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth are both A-OK, but I recommend using one ingredient peanut butter made only from peanuts), and 1/4 cup chopped dates (I hand chop these). Mix the ingredients together (you can chill the mixture for around 15 minutes for easier handling) and form approximately 12 bite-sized spheres.

The energy balls can be stored in the fridge (consume within a week or so) or freezer (thaw overnight in fridge before eating). Each energy ball is approximately 85 calories (if you use rolled oats, hemp hearts, peanut butter, and dates). Calories will vary if you decide to make any substitutions, but substitutions are fun and definitely recommended. Enjoy!

Note: I decided to roll mine in a light dusting of raw cacao powder, which provides an interesting bitterness. This would count as the 5th ingredient but is entirely optional.

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