Almond Power Balls

Almond Power Balls
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When it comes to living a Paleo Lifestyle, snacking is the thing that many people find most challenging. Vending machines are off-limits, standard granola bars and cookies are loaded with all those naughty ingredients we try to avoid, and often time isn’t on our side to whip up Paleo equivalents. That’s when quick and easy items, like Almond Power Bars can be a fabulous go-to (plus, they make a great dessert!)

Packed with nut and date power, these Balls are rich in fiber, healthy oils, potassium, magnesium and iron. Let’s get rollin’

INGREDIENTS

1 organic, free range egg
2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup coconut flakes
2 tablespoons almond butter

RECIPE

Makes 10 Almond Power Balls:

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
Add the egg and coconut palm sugar and stir quickly until thoroughly blended.
Toss the dates, almonds, coconut flakes and almond butter into a mixing bowl and pour in the heated egg and sugar mixture.
Stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
Using your hands, form the mixture into bite sized balls (if you find the mixture to be too moist, simply add a sprinkle of coconut flour or extra coconut flakes.)
Place in the refrigerator for about an hour to set and cool before serving.

Enjoy them one bite at a time as a healthy power snack on the go, a good-for-you dessert, or as a workout breakfast buddy. Drizzle them with more almond butter for an extra indulgent and protein-rich treat!

Camilla Carboni

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com

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Chocolate Date Nut Balls

Chocolate Date Nut Date Balls
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As far as desserts go, this one’s pretty good for you! Protein, dates, nuts and the superfood qualities of cacao powder, turn this delicious dessert into a guilt-free pleasure.

Date Nut Balls were my all-time favorite growing up and now, while happily living a Paleo lifestyle, I turn to them even more for a quick and easy solution to an indulgence craving.

INGREDIENTS

1 organic, free range egg
2 tablespoons vegan shortening
1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup coconut flour or coconut flakes (if you have a sweeter tooth, use the coconut flakes)

RECIPE

Makes 10 Chocolate Date Nut Balls:

In a medium saucepan, melt the vegan shortening on low heat.
Add the egg, coconut palm sugar and cacao powder and stir quickly until thoroughly blended.
Toss the dates and walnuts into a mixing bowl and pour in the heated mixture.
Stir until the mixture covers the dry ingredients.
Using your hands form the mixture into bite sized dessert balls and hold in place with a tiny sprinkle of coconut flour or coconut flakes.
Place in the refrigerator for about an hour to cool before serving.

For added decadence, dip the date nut balls in Chocolate Sauce and add an extra sprinkle of coconut or mint before placing them in the refrigerator to cool.

Enjoy!

Camilla Carboni

@camillacarboni | camillacarboni.com