The sign of a truly well-stocked pantry and refrigerator is the immediate accessibility to snacks. As more and more people are reaching for frequent, small bites instead of big, audacious meals three times a day, snacks are gaining in popularity.
In the snacking world, it is all about quick, healthy and convenient foods that stop our cravings, regulate our blood sugar and save us from those inevitable (and often times embarrassing) hangry moments.
Energy Almond Butter Balls
Energy and protein bars are so overdone and most are not even that good for you, but homemade energy bites are where it's at. Small, bite-sized nuggets of nutrient-dense ingredients, two balls will keep your hanger at bay and keep you focused for a while. And when you share them with friends, it will vastly increase your likeability factor. Because when everyone's hunger pangs are coaxed into submission, everyone is on their best behavior.
- 1 cup organic rolled oats ground into a fine-coarse flour
- 1 cup organic almonds coarsely ground
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- Heaping 1/2 cup almond butter
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- Pinch of sea salt
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a food processor or blender, pulse the oats until they resemble a coarse flour. Add the almonds and pulse until they are coarsely ground and then add the remaining ingredients and pulse until combined.
Using a spoon, scoop some of the batter and use your hands to form bite-sized balls. Place the balls on the parchment lined baking sheet and then refrigerate until chilled.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for two weeks or up to a month in the freezer. If frozen, thaw before serving.