lemony energy balls before they took a cacao bath

On January 8th, the studio played host to Fitness For A Cause. This Fitness Event was a great success. Fitness instructors donated their time, energy and skills.  Participants got to try out some great new exercise options in order to rev up their 2011 wellness plans and workouts.  The proceeds from the day were donated to a local charity, in this case Sage PEI.

On top of all this goodness, I stayed up late the night before making a variety of energy balls.  These were a HUGE hit at the event, so I’m posting recipes for all to share.

Photos and videos from Fitness For A Cause will be posted here on the blog tomorrow, along with the amount all that energy raised!

In the meantime, dedicate a small amount of time in the kitchen.

Lemony Good Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 c dates – big fat juicy medjools would be perfect, but use honey dates if that’s what you have on hand
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries and/or blueberries
  • 4 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 4 tsp lemon zest
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp vegan whole food smoothie infusion – you could use coconut flour instead
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao

Method

Add all ingredients except raw cacao to food processor.  Process until it forms a thick  paste, smooth if you prefer though I like mine with some bits and pieces still intact.  Adjust liquids – coconut oil and lemon juice – to create paste.

Spread cacao on wax paper or cutting board.  In 1 tbsp amounts, roll the processed mixture into small balls and then roll them in the cacao to coat.

These are delicious. I’ve been messing with this particular recipe for a while, adjusting and changing flavours and textures.  You’ll find one of my variations here.  

Warmly Spiced Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 1/2c toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2c chia seeds
  • 1c sticky raisins — used what you might have on hand
  • 3tsp ground ginger
  • 3 inches fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 3tsp ground cumin
  • 2tsp ground cardamon
  • 4tbsp coconut oil


Method

Place all the ingredients except for the sesame seeds and chia seeds  in food processor and mix until a smooth paste forms.

In tablespoon amounts,roll the mixture into small balls.

Mix sesame and chia seeds in a wide shallow bowl and roll the balls in them to coat.

Place the balls on a plate and refrigerate until hard.

The ginger in this recipe is warming and pairs so very nicely with the cardamom and cumin.  The spices are truly sensual and seductive and it is hard to eat just one. This recipe makes a very small batch, so you just might want to double it.

Nutty Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 1c of cashew butter — or purchase raw cashews and process them until smooth
  • 1tbsp of raw honey
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 yummy medjool dates, soaked for 4 hours**
  • 2tvsp raw cacao
  • 1c macaroon coconut

Method

**Place the medjool dates in water and soak for about 4 hours before using. Remove the pits and cut into pieces before processing.

Place all the ingredients except coconut in food processor and process until smooth.

Roll the mixture into small balls with your hands.

Place macaroon coconut in a wide, shallow dish and the balls in it to coat.

Place the balls on a plate and refrigerate until hard.

If you love the richness of cashews, this is a great snack.  The cacao balances the cashewiness so well.

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These incredibly tasty energy balls will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for a couple of weeks.  Freeze them for up to 2 months.

Vary the recipes as you please, according to your personal taste preferences and what you have on hand.  Leave out the cinnamon and put in some raw cacao and a pinch of cayenne, roll the balls in crushed walnuts or ground flax seed or crushed pistachios, add different dried fruit. The possibilities are endless!

Pop one before a run or Kettlebell class.  Pop several over the course of the day when attending Fitness For A Cause. They will work for you.

Enjoy!

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