Coconut Orange Nut Energy Balls

These quick to grab and easy to make delicious energy balls make the perfect snack for healthy fueling.

I love the Larabar line of bars and recently had their Coconut Cream Pie bar and fell in love. Larabars are chock full of pure good food – just read the ingredient list and you will see a short list of ingredients and you will recognize all ingredients. Compare this to other bars on the market with long lists of ingredients. The ingredient list for the Coconut Cream Pie bars revealed they contain dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews and extra virgin coconut oil. I have seen homemade Larabars online and figured this particular one could be easily replicated and even enhanced with some added orange flavor.

After a class at the gym or after bootcamp I want a little bite of energy and not quite a full bar which has 210 calories. I used to like the mini Larabars for a lower calorie load but they are not always easy to locate. That is where the idea of making this recipe into balls came into place. Now I can prepackage and just grab 2-3 for a quick post workout bit providing some protein and workout refueling carbs as well as fiber.

Why Healthy

  • Dates are rich in fiber and are a source of antioxidants, vitamin A, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese and copper.
  • Cashews are packed with soluble fiber, vitamins, minerals and numerous health-promoting phyto-chemicals. Most of the unsaturated fat in cashews is oleic acid, which is the same fat that’s in heart-healthy olive oil.
  • Almonds are also a good source of heart-healthy, or monounsaturated, fats. They are rich in magnesium, high in vitamin E and loaded with B vitamins.

 

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Coconut Orange Nut Energy Balls

Yield: Makes 26

Prep Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

1-1/2 Cup Dried Pitted Dates
1 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1/2 Cup Dry Roasted, Unsalted Whole Cashews
1/2 Cup Unsalted, Whole Raw Almonds
1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Zest of 1 Small Orange
1-2 Tablespoons Juice From Orange
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
Dash of Nutmeg
Additional Coconut For Rolling The Balls In

Directions:

Put the dates into the bowl of a food processor and process until broken up.
Add the nuts and coconut and continue to process.
Add the remaining ingredients until the mixture begins to come together in a sticky ball and the nuts are finely processed.
You can test the mixture at this point to see if the mixture will easily form a ball.
You should not need any additional liquid but if you feel you do, add a little additional orange juice.
Roll the mixture into balls and then roll in coconut.
Store in an airtight container.

 

One Response to “Coconut Orange Nut Energy Balls”

  1. Carol Marrazzo — April 27, 2013 @ 1:27 am

    The Coconut Orange Nut Energy Balls are delicious!!!! I love the the fact they have a higher nutritional value and lower in calories (93.4) then the commercial made. Thank you for sharing :)

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