Power Balls

If you are transitioning to a more plant-based diet, you may find yourself craving a sweet snack now and then (or should I say a few times a day?).

Although I try to keep even healthy sweet treats to a minimum, I do belive it’s important to have to have them available. These Power Balls (called such after my husband enjoyed eating what I called "Energy Balls") are great at satisfying that sweet tooth. If you’re dying for a touch of chocolate, go ahead and add some dark chocolate chips, hey?

Have you seen the Larabars in the energy/protein bar section of your grocery store or health food store? In general, the ingredients are pretty good.

But how would you like to make some that are just as tasty, potentially more healthy, and much less expensive? This recipe started out as a version of homemade Larabars (but without the dates) as I mentioned here and here, but then it ended up in its own camp. It's unique.

I didn't think my husband would like them, so I didn't even mention that I was making the treat. But as I was taking some pictures, he sneaked up behind me, grabbed one, ate it, grabbed another, and another, and another. That's always a significant factor in my book!

Of course, the kids enjoy them, too, and would eat them all if I allowed it.

I’ve both made them into balls and formed them into bars (by rolling them between parchment paper). For maximum nutritional benefit, soak your nuts and pumpkin seeds overnight, rinse them well, and dehydrate them. But if that sounds too overwhelming, just skip it for now. One day, you may want to explore that part of the raw food world.

That discussion is for another day. For now, here’s the recipe.

Power Balls {for printable version click here}

½ cup raisins

½ cup dried cranberries (or sub another similar dry fruit)
½ cup oats
¼ cup ground flaxseed
½ cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
½ cup raw pecans
⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. vanilla extract
a few dashes of cinnamon
2-4 tbsp. liquified coconut oil (enough so they stick together when pressed)

Add ingredients to a food processor and mix until ingredients stick together when formed into a ball.

Form into balls, or to make bars, pour out mixture onto a piece of parchment paper. Fold sides onto top so you can roll it between parchment paper to form a rectangle. Then cut into strips.

Place in freezer for 30-60 minutes or until hardened. Store in fridge.

Warning: you may want to double the recipe. These things move pretty quickly at our house.

Power Balls