I recently spent a good chunk of time in California, particularly in Venice Beach, happily getting over-caffeinated at Intelligentsia every morning and running up and down and around all of the hipsters on Abbot Kinney.
My natural rhythm has always been to exercise after work in the evenings which means I need to get my hands on some good, clean energy-filled something somewhere around 5 pm. On the road, that's not always such as easy task, especially when you factor in the whole GF thing. Luckily, I found some, albeit ridiculously expensive, raw balls that did the trick. And, of course, I needed to improve on them when I got home.
While these balls are not raw, they are no less nutritious. And I am, without a doubt, addicted. For me, they've got it all: sweet, crunch, omega 3's, salt and no guilt.
almond joy energy balls
makes about 20 balls
1.5 c raw almonds, soaked overnight and drained
2/3 c pitted dates
1/4 c chocolate protein powder
1/3 c chia seeds
1/3 sunflower seeds
1/3 c unsweetened coconut flakes
3-4 T maple syrup
Use a food processor to blend all of the above (except the sea salt) together until the mixture is malleable enough to be shaped into balls. Please also feel free to adjust any of the ingredients to your taste/texture preference.
I like to leave them a bit crunchy but make them as smooth or not as you like.
Sprinkle each ball with a little sea salt, cover and refrigerate for a few hours to let them firm up.
They will keep for at least a week.