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Nutrient Dense Energy Balls

Matcha Date Balls

I think I figured out the perfect way to curb mid day hanger with these amazing energy date and fig balls. These are the perfect way to avoid unnecessary snacking and keep you going into your late afternoon work out or keep you focused at work until dinner! I also love to grab 1-2 of these in the morning if I don't have time to prepare a smoothie or real breakfast. You can choose to keep them in the fridge or freezer depending on your preference, I keep mine in an air tight container in the fridge and they last for up to two weeks! 
Feel free to get creative with your version of this recipe, adding in different nuts, spices, and rolling your energy balls in different delicious toppings. There is no right or wrong way but the nutrient density remains high! These energy balls are a perfect balance of carbohydrate, protein and fats which make them perfect for any time of the day. I do feel it's best to limit your consumption though to 2-3 per day! 
Every time I've ran a retreat here in San Diego, I've made these amazing balls for breakfast for our guests, they pair perfectly with a pure juice, or blended smoothie for a great healthy breakfast. I also love to make them once a week for meal prep and easy snacks in our house to have before working out! Enjoy and please let me know if you try them below and what you think!
These photos were from the last Lavender Farm Retreat in Spring of 2018, where I prepared breakfast for over 30 people!  Energy Dense Date Balls
Almond Joy Coconut Balls
1.5 Cup Raw Organic Almonds
2 Cup or 1 Package of Pitted Trader Joe's Medjool Dates, Soaked for 20 minutes
1/2 Cup Organic Shredded Coconut Flakes, + more for topping
1 T Raw, Organic Cacao Powder, + more for topping
1 T Organ Unrefined Coconut Oil 
1 T Pure, Vanilla Extract
1 T Pure Maple Syrup, Optional
Matcha & Moringa Fig Balls 
2 cups or 1 package of Black Mission Figs or similar, Soaked for 20 minutes
1/2 Cup Almond Meal or Pre-Blended Almonds
1 Cup Gluten Free, Organic Oats 
1 T Matcha Powder, + more for topping
3 t of Moringa Powder, optional
1 T Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
3 T Raw Cacao Nibs, + more for topping
1 T Pure Maple Syrup, Optional 
PB Banana Date Balls
2 cups or 1 package of Pitted Trader Joe's Medjool Dates, Soaked for 20 Minutes
1.5-2 Organic Bananas, Peeled
3 T Organic Peanut Butter, Chunky Kind is Best! (Always)
1 t Cinnamon Powder
1 t Pure Vanilla Extract
1 t Raw, Organic Maca Powder
1 T Pure Maple Syrup, Optional 
1. Add soaked dates to food processor for 30 seconds, then add in remaining ingredients and blend well for 1-2 minutes, occasionally using a spatula to scrape sides, your mixture should be a thick blended consistency. 
2. Once completely blended and mixed, empty into bowl, then begin forming 1 inch balls with date mixture, first roll in pile in optional powder topping, then crunchy topping element if you have one for best consistency. Store in airtight container for up to two weeks in the fridge, and I would recommend putting in fridge for 2 hours before serving, or have a melty one if you cannot wait! 

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