As the name depicts, these are amazing! I started making variations when I was back in college. They're the perfect breakfast, pre-workout snack, post-workout snack, or just snack (a workout doesn't always have to involved). The best part about the recipe is you can customize it once you've got the ratio down to add whatever flavors/nuts/seeds you want. Dates are the real powerhouse for me in these, although all ingredients have incredible health benefits. Dates have tons of fiber and carbs to give you energy and keep you naturally full, while being packed with vitamins and minerals (B6, B3, folate (NATURAL folic acid), potassium, and others). But beyond the science, they're just really yummy.
1 cup ground almonds/almond pulp
1 cup dates (pitted)
1/2 cup gluten free whole oats
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cup maple syrup or honey
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
optional maple syrup to taste
For coating (optional):
1/4 cup cocoa powder and/or 1/4 cup grated coconut
Throw all ingredients into a good blender and puree until everything is well mixed. You may have to stop the blender a few times to scrape the edges.
Taste test the mixture and make sure there isn't anything else you want to add. The consistency should be slightly sticky, but not wet.
Form balls with about 1/4 cup of the mixture, depending on the desired size. Roll in coconut or cocoa powder. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes about 8-12 balls depending on size.