Hello, Almond butter balls!
As you may have seen on IG, this last week has been a whirlwind of activity for me. After months and months of searching for a kitten (it's incredibly competitive in this town), we managed to find the perfect one a mere 10-hour drive away ?. Yet within minutes of coming home, kitten in tow, I got a text asking me to head to NYC for a once in a lifetime adventure. Ten hours later I was heading to the city to meet up with my friends Gab and Jodi for an intensive week of cooking (I'll share more about this later in the fall), shenanigans, and non-stop travel.
As much as I love being in the city, heading on an adventure, whether it be a 9-hour car ride or an 8-hour flight, can be stressful and wreak havoc on my eating routine (and seriously, airport food? Yikes). I don't know about you, but having go-to nutritious snacks to munch on along the way is crucial to my overall health, happiness and positive feelings.
These simple energy balls are something I've been keeping on hand the last few months for times just like these. They're perfect to pop when you're running late and don't have time to stop and make a proper snack, or (while I wouldn't encourage eating on the run) they are wonderful to grab and take with you. They come in handy even when we're not in a rush but are just in desperate need of something sweet and cookie-dough like to accompany our afternoon coffee break.
- ½ Cup Almond Meal
- 5 Dates, Pitted
- ½ Cup Almond Butter (or nut butter of choice)
- 2 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- ¾ Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- Pinch Sea Salt
- ¼ tsp. Vanilla Extract
- ⅛ tsp. Cinnamon
- Coconut and Cacao Nibs for rolling (optional)
- Add the almond butter, dates, coconut oil, almond meal, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon in a food processor and puree until pretty smooth (there may still be a few pieces of coconut). Using a Tbsp. scoop, roll small balls of the dough and toss them in coconut or cacao nibs to coat. Freeze the balls on a parchment-lined tray to set. Once they are set, transfer them to an airtight container. They will last in the freezer for at least a month.