Quick Energy Bliss Balls
Oftentimes, when I am getting ready to go to the gym, I feel just a tiny bit hungry-ish. I then debate with myself what I should eat, if anything, because I don’t want to overwhelm my digestive system and struggle and cry while doing crunches because my belly is full. In those cases, I will usually have a banana and some nuts, which will give me a bit of energy and not leave me feeling like I have a rock in my tummy while I do all that dreaded cardio.
However, I wanted to make some other types of energy snacks to have on hand so I whipped up some energy bliss balls. These small cuties give you an energy boost and you can eat them whenever and wherever! They are vegan, gluten free, and nut free and very easy to make.
100 grams dates
100 grams toasted sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon dark cacao powder
Pinch of salt
1. Put the dates in a bowl and cover them with lukewarm water. Leave them to soak for around ten minutes, so they can become completely tender. In another bowl, mix one tablespoon of chia seeds with three tablespoons water and leave it to turn into a jelly.
2. In the meantime, take the sunflower seeds and put them in a pan. Toast them over low heat for a few minutes until they get a little bit of color, but be careful not to burn them.
3. Transfer the toasted sunflower seeds into a food processor and start blending. As you blend, stop every now and then to scrape the sides of the food processor with a silicone spatula and push the seeds to the bottom so they can blend uniformly. Add a pinch of salt and continue mixing.
4. Drain the dates and check for possible leftover pits that might be hiding in some of them and discard of them if you find any. When the sunflower seeds turn into a thick paste, add the dates, the chia seed jelly, cinnamon, and cacao powder and continue blending.
5. You will end up with a big sticky ball. Using a small spoon, scoop out pieces of the dough and roll them in your hands until they turn into smaller balls. If the dough is too sticky to work with, put it in the fridge to chill a little bit and then continue rolling the balls.
6. Lastly, roll each ball into shredded coconut. Store in the fridge and enjoy!