First I made these cute energy balls for a hiking trips in October. These little bites were a yum trail snack, everybody loved them. They are great energy boosters and easy to store (in a box). Energy foods are engineered to enhance each stage of a workout or outdoor excursion and these coconut date energy bites are great for it.
Because of its success I decided to make them for Christmas as an edible gift. These balls are the healthy option to snack on something. I made two very similar truffles a couple of years ago, don’t forget to check them out to get more inspiration.
Coconut Date Energy Balls
(Recipe inspiration: Daily Garnish)
Ingredients (makes about 36 pieces)
– 1 cup rolled oats
– 1 cup desiccated coconut + extra for coating
– 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
– 1/4 cup water
– 12 dates, pitted, chopped
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
– 1 orange’s zest
– pinch of salt
Add rolled oats, desiccated coconut and toasted pumpkin seeds to a food processor and let it spin. Add dates, vanilla, cinnamon, orange zest and salt, then let it process for 2-3 minutes. Slowly start adding the water until the mixture becomes a bit sticky and wet.
Form little balls with your hands and roll them in desiccated coconut. Eat them straight or keep them in a box in cool place.