Simple and Satisfying – two healthy tasty treats!

You won’t believe how yummy these energy balls are because of how crazy simple they are to make.  Using only 4 ingredients, they taste better than store bought bars, have no extra fillers & are more economical.

For some reason this conjures up images of that old Saturday Night Live episode with Alec Baldwin.  Do you remember the Schweddy Balls episode?  Okay it has nothing to do with this recipe except that they’re a bit sticky.  Was he funny or what?

Energy Balls with dates, almonds & coconut

 Easily Excellent Energy Balls

Pulse ½ cup of unsalted raw almonds in a food processor (a blender won’t cut it) until coarsely chopped.

Add 1 cup pitted dates, ¼ cup of dried **unsweetened shredded coconut and a pinch of cinnamon.  Puree until smooth.

Then place ¼ cup more coconut on a plate.  Using your hands, form date mixture into little balls and roll in coconut.

You can store up to one week at room temperature in an airtight container.  Makes 12.

I’m pretty sure you can freeze these although they didn’t last long enough for me to find out.  Also; next time I’m going to try rolling them with coco powder and coconut together.

**it is difficult to find unsweetened shredded coconut (it’s usually only the “very fine” unsweetened).  Granville Island once again…….the “go to” place for what you can’t seem to find anywhere else.  The Grainry for bulk and spices or South China Seas Trading Company for all things exotic.

Another tasty treat that’s so unbelievably easy to make & healthy too.  Something that will satisfy your craving for chips or nuts with less calories.

Baked Chick Peas that taste like nuts

Nutty tasting Chickpeas

Take a can (or more) of organic chick peas, washed and drained.  Set the oven to 350.

Put them on a rimmed baking sheet, toss some kosher salt, smoked sweet paprika (or try curry & cardamon or spice of your liking) and at least 1 Tbsp. of olive oil.  Bake for up to 40 minutes.

They’ll turn out a bit crispy depending on how long you leave them in the oven.  And they’re delicious!

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