I think I tweeted about this last week and now I’m finally getting around to posting the recipe!
In my quest to eat almost Gluten Free I have been experimenting with recipe creations. I love almost all the flavors of Lara Bars and a friend of mine shared a recipe creation she made in her quest to recreate something similar. I decided to give it a go and have made a couple variations on this. I call them Power Balls because I don’t make them into bars, just small little nibble sized bites. Here you go, please experiment and let me know what you think!
10 Dates, pitted
2 Tbsp protein powder (I used vanilla flavored Spiru-Tein)
6 Brazil nuts (or similar quantity of other nuts- pistachios, walnuts, pecans, cashews or almonds)
6 Figs (dried)
6 Apricots (dried)
2 Tbsp dried shredded coconut
1 tsp flaxseed oil
1 Tbsp flaxseeds (optional)
1 Tbs Almond meal (or oatmeal would work)
Combine all ingredients in bowl of a food processor and process by pulsing until mixture begins to hold together. The motor will warm the ingredients up and it should be soft enough to form a ball. Taste and adjust proportions of wet to dry as needed. Using a cookie or small ice scream scoop, scoop out individual balls and place in small paper cups or on a flat layer to store (at room temperature for 1-2 weeks or in the refrigerator).
The great thing about this recipe is that there are endless variations! In my last batch I used dried apples instead of the apricots and added a little cinnamon. You can also make them chocolate flavored by eliminating the apricots and adding some cocoa powder, you will need more dates in this case. These make a great healthy snack and are full of powerful antioxidants and super foods (nuts, flax etc.) Enjoy and be Powerful!