Healthy eating: Date power balls |

Healthy eating: Date power balls

Healthy Eating

Date power balls

1 cup raw almonds or cashews

16 Medjool dates, pitted

Water, for blending

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup almond butter (or use cashew or peanut butter)

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2 large tablespoons low sugar or unsweetened cocoa powder or use crushed cacao nibs

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup Flax for rolling

Pulse almonds in a food processor until coarsely ground. Transfer to a bowl. Pulse dates in food processor until almost smooth, adding 2 tablespoons of water. Add almonds back to food processor. Add the coconut, almond butter, cocoa powder and cinnamon and pulse, scraping down mixture in a bowl with a wooden spoon as needed until completely incorporated. Transfer to a large bowl. Scoop mixture using a spoon and roll into balls with your hands. Roll the balls into ground flax meal (optional or almond meal). Place balls on parchment lined baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate. Depending on size, makes about 18. Approximately 150 calories each.

Adapted from Cara Marrs, RD, CPT, CLT Nutrition Prescription, Inc. at Align Wellness Center