Power Balls (a la Walker)
If you google “power balls” you will find a ton of recipes. Here’s an easy adaptation:
- 1/2 c unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 c something “dry” (recipe typically calls for oats – instead i used a mixture of almond meal and protein powder. Could also use flax meal, almond flour, etc)
- 3/4 c dried dates
- 1/4 c honey (or agave)
- 1/4 c nut butter
- 1/4 c sesame seeds
In a food processor, combine sunflower seeds and dry ingredient. Then add the dates and process. Next add the honey and nut butter and process until the mixture forms a dough-like consistency (it may begin to ball up/jam up on you in the processor). Scoop the dough into 1 tablespoon size balls and roll in sesame seeds. Store in fridge (or even freezer – yum).
Feel free to go crazy – the proportions above are just to get you started, feel free to experiment with the flavor and consistency you prefer. Use dried apricots or other fruit in place of dates. I threw in flax seeds and some walnuts I had on hand. Roll in nuts or coconut flakes instead of seasame seeds (you can also press into a pan or onto wax paper to cut into bars, but these babies are pretty sticky so i recommend rolling them in something). Add cinnamon, or cocoa. Or bacon. You get the idea.
PS. While these can be adapted to be paleo, make no mistake that these balls pack quite the sugar punch. Not really recommended for those trying to lean out…at least, don’t eat half the batch in one sitting. (<– I of course have no experience with this, I have just *heard that it can happen)