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Healthy Energy Balls

Balls balls balls! We are having another boy! I’m so excited... I think... (wipes tears)... no it’s fine... I mean great, it’s great! Seriously though, when they say all you want is a healthy baby it’s absolutely true. Sure my dreams of having an empowered, strong, athletic, feisty little girl are dead. But it is OK. I’m super excited for my next little boy and for Colton and Brock to have another little buddy. #Boymomforlife Anyway, in celebration, here is my latest healthy energy ball recipe! I also made these because the grocery store had no flour. I had to work with what I could get my hands on. Which makes this recipe very simple and I welcome simplicity. This recipe is lower in fat than a lot of other balls out there. I’m a big fan of fats but I don’t need one or two little balls killing a quarter of my fats for the day. It’s also made with mostly natural ingredients with the exception of chocolate chips. You can omit them if you’d like. I did try the balls without them and they are still yummy… but I need a little chocolate in my life. These balls are also gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan in case any of that matters to you. Just watch your chocolate chips of course! Everyone in my house loves these. I’ll include some optional add ins at the bottom but if you’re counting macros just remember to log and that it will change the numbers. Oh and YES these are a healthy snack. But NO you can’t eat them all at once. Portion, moderation and balance are your keys to success. In the coming weeks I’ll also post my protein power energy balls. I’m getting close but still working on perfecting the recipe. Ingredients 2 cups gluten-free quick oats 5 tbsp natural peanut butter (or sub almond butter or wow butter) 138 g pitted dates (about 6 dates) 3 tbsp maple syrup 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce 1.5 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 4 tbsp mini chocolate chips (or use regular sized chocolate chips and roughly chop them) Optional Add ins 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut 2-4 tbsp chia seeds 2-4 tbsp ground flax seeds Directions Boil water and soak dates for 10-15 minutes. Drain water and add dates to a blender or food processor. Add maple syrup and applesauce and blend well. In a separate mixing bowl mix oats, cinnamon and salt. Then add the date mixture and peanut butter and stir well until the oat mixture is moist. Stir in chocolate chips. Roll into 20 small balls and place on cookie sheet. Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes. Then store in fridge in a sealed container. Nutritional Information Makes 20 energy balls Based on 1 ball Calories 93 Fat 2.8g Carbohydrates 15g Protein 2.5g *Nutritional information is based off a web-based nutrition application and results may vary depending on the brands and products used

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