Cranberry Pecan Energy Balls
These simple, no-bake energy balls are easy to make and provide a perfect little sphere of nourishment. Naturally sweetened by dates and dried cranberries, balanced out by healthy fats from the pecans and coconut flakes. Makes 18 balls
2 cups pecans
1 cup dried dates, pitted, roughly chopped
¾ cup dried cranberries
½ teaspoon spice(s) of your choice: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg
¾ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1. Place pecans, dates, cranberries and spices in a food processor bowl fitted with an “s” blade.
2. Process for at least 1 minute, stopping and pulsing as needed to break down mixture.
3. Once mixture has become thick and sticky (will have the consistency of sticky rice), begin rolling into 1-inch balls.
4. Roll balls through shredded coconut and store at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Get Creative: Make different variations by switching up the nut or dried fruit. If you're not that adventurous (yet), try rolling them in hemp hearts, ground coffee, or chia seeds.
Recipe created for use by Heart-Healthy Woman & Well Fed Heart and their clients.
Time-Saver Tool Tips
-Press mixture into a 8x8 glass storage container (or ceramic baking dish), refrigerate and cut into squares.
-Wrap in parchment paper for an easy grab-n-go snack!
-When purchasing nuts, always buy them raw and store in a cool, dark place (like the refrigerator or freezer). Nuts are predominantly composed of fat. Fat oxidizes in the presence of heat, light and oxygen. Protecting your nuts from these elements reduces oxidation and thus your consumption of free radicals.