My husband is a Strength & Mobility Coach by trade and I am a Certified Nutrition Coach – so we are constantly looking for healthy recipes that taste good!
I have a passion for cooking which I got to explore further while being off work for a year. We choose to cook Whole Food Plant Based in our house because we love the way the food makes us feel throughout the day! Although we were not raised on a WFPB diet so, we still eat animal products when we are out and about.
That being said, I have been trying so many different toddler –friendly recipes to try and give us some variety!
I’ve mentioned it before – but being a mom on the go is hard work and there is never really time to make yourself a snack (because eating the crusts off a PB & Banana sandwich doesn’t count).
Enter the “Energy Ball.” I spent upwards of 5 hours (not consecutive of course) on Pinterest trying to find the PERFECT energy ball recipe. If I’m being honest – coconut is NOT my thing … and a lot of the recipes have coconut shavings in them. So there was a lot of browsing that had to be done. Just when I thought I’d give in – I was poolside at my aunt’s house and was offered coconut-less energy balls!
If I would have known what was in it when I tried it – I probably would have instantly turned my nose up at it (because even though I’d never had a date in my life … who likes dates ?!?)
They were delicious – and what was amazing – was X couldn’t get enough of them! The recipe is below – I’m looking forward to sharing this with you guys and hoping you love them as we do!
The recipe is below – I’m looking forward to sharing this with you guys and hoping you love them as we do!
Date Energy Balls
- 5 Cups of Medjool Date (soaked)
- ¼ Cup of Maple Syrup*
- ½ Cup Walnuts
- ½ Cup Almonds
- 2 tbsp Chia seeds
- 2 tbsp Flax seeds
- ¼ cup Hemp hearts
- Soak the dates in a bowl of warm water while you prep everything else. They need about 15 minutes in warm/hot water (not boiling) and their skins will start to turn white-ish and peel off.
*Note: don’t let the word “soak” intimidate you! I can honestly say that I’ve shied away from ANY recipes that requiring soaking of any kind – especially overnight!
- In a food processor, grind all the nuts and seeds together and put aside.
- Drain dates (once skin begins to lift) and blend with maple syrup in the food processor/blender.
- Roll the date mixture into balls and then roll them into the nut/seed mixture.
- Store them in the fridge (or freezer!) and enjoy
*Don’t be misled by the famous Aunt Jemima – that is NOT maple syrup. I was raised in Ottawa and my grandparents made their own maple syrup every year. As I grew up, I realized how spoiled I really was. Don’t try to trick me with the “Sugar Syrup” … it’s not the same!
These snacks are so easy and so delicious! They’re great when you have a sweet tooth too because of the maple syrup! You can really get creative with the ingredients – just make sure not to add coconut!
Share your energy ball recipes below! I’m always eager to try new toddler-friendly snacks I can keep on hand!