Mish’s Power Balls! The perfect snack!
Want a perfect and healthy snack?
I am often on the run and need a snack to keep me going til dinner and so here is my answer – Power Balls! I always make double quantities and store them in the freezer. This not only keeps those nuts and seeds (and their oils) fresh, but also it takes longer to eat (and longer to enjoy).
These Power Balls are perfect for dealing with the mid morning/afternoon munchies, and ensures that you get your daily fix of nuts and seeds. I limit myself to one, and if you do desire a second power ball, wait 20 minutes before deciding – they do take that long to fill you… but fill you up they will!
Here are the ingredients:
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds (or a mixture of both)
1/2 cup walnuts and / or brazil nuts
250g pitted medjool dates (the fresh, wrinkly ones)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup goji berries
2 tablespoons chia seeds
a good squirt of organic vanilla paste
Pinch of sea salt*
1. Place all ingredients except dates in a food processor (or thermomix)
and blend on high until finely ground.
2. Add the dates (one at a time) through the feed tube of the food processor while it is running. What you should end up with is a mix that appears rather like cake crumbs, but that when pressed, will easily stick together. In fact each time I make them, I experiment with adding more and different nuts and seeds!
3. Roll into small golf balls – or you may prefer to press the mixture into a tray lined with baking paper (place in the fridge to set, then tip out and slice into squares/bars and freeze).
4. Store in an airtight container (ie: tupperware or glass jar) or sealed bag in the freezer and eat them straight from the freezer – they’ll be lovely and firm, but not rock hard as the good oils in the nuts and seeds won’t freeze!
*My favourite salt in the whole world is made by Halen Mon and before you start muttering under your breath “food wanker” try the salt in aged oak! If you are in Melbourne you can buy it here and well worth its… well salt! The one I used in this recipe is vanilla salt… yum yum!
Makes around 20 balls.
Through My fitness Pal I have worked out each ball to be around 130 calories – perfect snack allowance!
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