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Energy Packed Trail Mix Balls
These lil’ energy balls are super satisfying!
Try making these energy balls using different nuts each time (replacing the walnuts) such as cashews, almonds, or my favorite: pecans.
No-bake, and less than 10 minutes of hands-on time to make! This is a fun recipe to make with the kids.
Perfect for a quick snack or after-workout boost!
EXCELLENT nutrient l-packed treat for children and growing teenagers (so long as they don’t have any nut allergies – and if they do, then try using sunflower seeds instead of walnuts and leave out the pistachios for allergy)
Nuts naturally contain healthy fat, protein, and antioxidants. So besides being an EXCELLENT healthy snack choice, this combination actually helps to manage cravings and with feeling satisfied.
2 protein energy bites or balls each day as a snack is a perfect serving size. I love having these on hand as my before or after-workout fuel.
*Can replace pistachios for chopped dark chocolate
*Many health food stores and Amazon carry apple juice sweetened dried cranberries.
*Sweetness factor is personal. You may want to use a bit more maple syrup or raw honey depending on YOUR preferences.
*Serving size is about 2 balls (makes 12-18 balls depending on size)
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1-¼ cup old fashioned oats (gf if needed)
- ½ cup ground flaxseed meal
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut (“Let’s do organic” brand is my favorite)
- 3 Tbsps pure maple syrup or raw honey
- 4 Tbsps chopped pistachios
Place walnuts in your food processor. Process by pulsing, scraping sides until the walnut butter is the consistency of natural peanut butter. You will get about a half cup of walnut butter.
Transfer the walnut butter using a rubber spatula to a medium-sized bowl and add in the oats, flaxseed meal, cranberries, shredded coconut, maple syrup, and pistachios.
Stir to combine all ingredients really well. Using your hands, press firmly to form into balls.
Place in an air-tight container and refrigerate until serving. You can also freeze the energy balls. It will only take them 10-20 minutes to defrost.
Serve and enjoy.