Coconut Chia Balls

I have a very rough “system” for tagging recipes I want to make.

I leave web pages open in my browser; dog-ear magazine pages; leave posts unread in my reader; and even send myself emails.

Last week, I realized that I had no less than 5 recipes for “balls” piling up in my oh-so-efficient system. Time to make those balls!

Coconut Chia Balls

Yields 12 – 15 balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond meal, plus more for rolling*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • ~8 dates, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Method

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process until the mixture begins to clump together. Divide into “2 bite” sized chunks. Form into perfect circles, and then roll in almond meal to coat. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

*Note: if you do not have almond meal on hand, pulse raw almonds in the food processor until coarse meal forms before adding the rest of the ingredients.

These balls are so easy to make, and they are a perfect snack between meals, especially pre- or post-exercise, since they pack a lot of nutrition into 1 or 2 bites.

The possibilities for variations are almost endless…Change the nuts. Replace coconut oil with nut butter. Add cinnamon. Add chocolate. Add pumpkin. Use oatmeal as the base instead of almond meal. Use a different dried fruit. I could go on, but instead I’ll share a few links to some of my favorites:

Go balls-to-the-wall crazy and make some for yourself! Let me know if you discover a fabulous flavor combination.

-L

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