Almond and Coconut Energy Balls
This is the first sweet recipe, technically, that I have posted! I know I posted those chocolate puddings, but they were both sweetened with bananas, this recipe actually has dates in it. GASP. SUGAR.
When I choose to eat sugar I have a few favs: honey, dates and maple syrup. Don't get me wrong these natural sugars are still sugar, but the difference is they come packaged with nutrients so your body takes a little longer to digest them. But look, these natural sweeteners are still sugars and still affect your body like a sugar would. So take that into consideration.
I don't tell myself I can't have honey, or dates, or whatever, because honestly that would likely make me want it more, I just pay attention to eating nutrient dense food first, and then I can add in the extra treats! I don't even like the language of treat, I am really working on listening to my body, and giving it what it craves and forgetting about the rest of it. Honestly most of them time my body does not steer me wrong. It knows what I need. Take couple weeks, I was craving dark chocolate like no one's business, more than I have ever before. So I have been adding in a magnesium supplement and guess what my chocolate cravings have majorly decreased. Amazing huh. It is not always that easy - but just by listening we can learn a lot from our bodies. So if you are craving a quick and easy snack, with fat, protein and a little sweet I have got the recipe for you!
These almond and coconut energy ball! These are the perfect, sweet little snack. The dates kind of add a caramely texture and taste, the almonds some crunch and good fats, same with the coconut and the collagen some easy to digest protein. These are the perfect little things to grab in a busy moment.
- 5 pitted, dried dates
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 2 scoops collagen
- pinch of salt
- 2 heaping tblsp melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tblsp coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp vanillaa
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut for rolling
- Put all the ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender, except the 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
- Blend until mostly smooth, a couple chunky almonds are good for texture
- Scoop out a big spoonful at a time and roll into a ball, then roll in the remaining coconut
- This makes about 10-12 balls