When I workout early in the morning, I find it very difficult to eat beforehand. I am one of those people however that need food for fuel; especially when I go spinning. I can last for the first 20 minutes but then I progressively feel myself losing momentum and all I can think about is what I am going to make for breakfast. People often ask me what they should eat before a workout because certain foods can leave them feeling sluggish or bloated. These portion controlled bites are filled with the perfect balance of carbs, protein and healthy fats to fuel your workout. Because of their size, you can still have a full breakfast afterwords without the guilt of having two breakfasts. Their high fiber content keep you full and help keep you regular (yay)!
The amazing part about these is that they require you to throw some ingredients in a food processor without any baking at all. They are a perfect on-the-go snack that feel like a special treat. I store mine in the freezer for a cold and fudgy texture. The chia seeds give a good crunch on the outside plus some added omega 3 fatty acids! I have already made a second batch this week. Zach says that these are my best creation to date. Let me know what you all think! As always these are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and this time, they are raw and vegan! Have a great weekend everyone, bon appetit.
Makes 20 Balls
• 1.5 cup of packed medjool dates
• 1 tbsp almond butter
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• pinch of pink Himalayan salt
• ½ cup sultana raisins
• ½ – ¾ cup walnuts
• juice of ½ meyer lemon (regular lemon will work fine too)
• 3 tbsp ground flax seed
• 1 tbsp maple syrup
• 1 large carrot grated
• 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1/4 cup chia seeds
1. Soak dates in boiling water for 10-15 minutes or until really soft. This is only necessary if your dates are very hard. The point of soaking them is to easily remove the pit. If your dates are soft, you can skip this step!
2. In your food processor, pulse walnuts until crumbly. You don’t want the pieces too large, but also not too fine. The point is to add texture and crunch! Remove walnuts and set aside for later.
3. To process your carrot, you can do so by hand with a box grater, or you can pulse the carrot in your food processor. Set aside.
4. Add your pitted dates to your clean food processor and pulse until a smooth paste forms.
5. Add almond butter, coconut oil, cinnamon, lemon juice, flax seeds, maple syrup and salt. Blend until well combined.
6. Add your walnuts, carrots and raisins and pulse just until combined. I like some texture in the bites so I only pulse a few times. For a smoother consistency, blend for longer.
7. Place mixture in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. This well help you roll them into balls with ease. Otherwise, the mixture will be too sticky.
8. Pour chia and coconut into two medium sized bowls. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out mixture and roll between your hands to make a ball. Then dip the ball into desired coating and roll until fully coated. Continue until the mixture is finished.
9. Place bites into an airtight container and keep them stored in the freezer! They will not freeze, but have an amazing fudgy texture! Enjoy!