Yes I’m sharing a recipe today but don’t worry, there’s no danger of this turning into a cooking blog!!!
It’s just that I’ve been asked for this recipe so many times that it would be silly not to have a post I can point people to.
Obviously do lot of jiu-jitsu and fitness stuff, but the outdoors are a big part of my life as well.
For example, after my kidney transplant in 2015 a huge recovery milepost was being able to complete a 50 km ultramarathon hike in the mountains 6 months after the surgery. And I’m currently planning a 50 day, 1,000 mile solo canoe trip in the arctic where I’m planning on having 3 of these energy balls a day to feed the machine between breakfast and dinner.
And these make great pre-workout snacks too.
Nutritious, natural, and delicious. They’ve powered me for many a mile and I hope you enjoy them as well.
Energy Ball Ingredients
The recipe is very forgiving: you really can add almost anything to the mix. It’s not like you’re making fine French pasteries where a single extra tablespoon of an ingredient ruins the whole thing. So feel free to experiment, substitute and add additional ingredients.
Here’s the list of ingredients that went into the energy balls today:
- 450 grams fresh, pitted dates
- 900 grams almond butter
- 200 grams rolled oats
- 400 grams almond flour
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Water as needed
- 1 to 2 cups sesame seeds
Energy Ball Instructions
The first step is make a paste from the dates and the almond butter. This paste forms the matrix into which you then put everything else.
You could use a strong food processor if you have one. I don’t have one, so I decided to put the dates and the almond butter together into a big bowl and use a clean paint mixing attachment from Home Depot with a power drill to mash everything into a paste.
The next step is to add the extra ingredients. In today’s variation that meant adding the oats, almond flour and chocolate chips and then mixing everything by hand.
The next step is to mould the mixture into golf-ball sized orbs. If your mixture doesn’t stick together very well you may need to moisten it by sprinkling some water in and mixing it by hand.
Then roll the balls in sesame seeds which adds some extra flavour and prevents the balls from sticking together.
There as per the requests, now you’ve got a recipe.