Energizing date and almond butter balls

I like to consider myself pretty organized. I’m addicted to my agenda, I’m always writing to-do lists, and at one point I even had all my books on my bookshelf in alphabetical order!

But I am not organized in the kitchen.

Case in point: Yesterday I had big plans to make these Figgy PB bars from Healthy Exposures’ blog. But then I realized I didn’t have figs. Or puffed rice. Or hemp seeds. Oops… so much for organized!

Energizing date and almond butter balls

So I used the recipe as a starting point anyway, and morphed it into something that doesn’t even resemble the original recipe. I was a little nervous as I was mixing everything in the food processor, but they turned out great!

These tasty date and almond butter balls are full of fibre and healthy fat, not to mention some protein from the almonds and seeds, so they make the perfect healthy snack between meals.

Energizing date and almond butter balls

Energizing date and almond butter balls | Gluten free, peanut free, and vegan

Yield: About 12 balls

1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup almond butter
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp ground flax
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp agave nectar
1/2 cup almonds

Process the dates and almond butter in a food processor until smooth. Then add the chia seeds, flax seeds, oats, and agave nectar and process again until combined. Add the almonds last and process until they have been chopped into small chunks. Then form the mixture into balls and refrigerate.

Makes about 12 balls.

Energizing date and almond butter balls

These guys are disappearing quickly from my kitchen, so I’m already brainstorming new ingredient combinations. What do you think of almond and dried apricot? Or chocolate and coconut? Or soy nut butter and chocolate? So many possibilities!

What are your favourite energy ball ingredients?

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13 Responses to Energizing date and almond butter balls

  1. I love the way you are handling these situations! I definitely struggle when things get out of my control. Going with the flow can be so difficult, but once you learn to accept things and just roll with it, the outcome sometimes isn't so bad. Sometimes the outcome is better! You just have to be openminded!

  2. you rock, HM! Slowly but surely I'm learning that not everything in life is going to be perfect and sometimes you just need to accept it and adjust accordinging. Gotta take the good with the bad, right?!

  3. I think you're doing a fabulous job with managing things, girl. I'm sorry to hear that you feel like you're stuck in a life rut, but I think periods like that are unavoidable, and the only thing we can do is make the best of what we've got to work with.I don't really handle it too well when things don't go my way, but I'm getting better. Just gotta keep reminding myself to go with the flow, accept things as they are, and learn to appreciate the things I have :D

  4. I think it's great that you are taking this attitude. It makes me think of my Mom though, who says that doing nothing is still making a decision and doing something. I think that the approaches you are taking are fundamentally the same, to be proactive and take control of the situation for how it affects you. This is not easy for me! I changed your recipe a little and entered into the food diary that I use to see the nutrition facts:Nutrition Facts12 barsEnergizing Date Bars (a la One Healthy Munchkin)Serving Size: 1 servingAmount Per ServingCalories 122Total Fat 6.8gSaturated Fat 0.8gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 16mgCarbohydrate 14.1gDietary Fiber 2.9gSugars 7.7gProtein 3.5gVitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%Calcium 3% Iron 5%I used peanut butter because that's what I have in the house and doubled the flax because I have them and not the chia seeds.

  5. I've been going through this struggle recently still starting my new job and not finding as much time to blog. It does stink, but I agree. It's all about attitude and accepting things. No point in moping! :)

  6. Great attitude! It can be hard to accept change but ultimately it's prob the saner option! Another great bang for your buck workout is: run 1 mile, do 1 leg weights exercise and 1 arm weights…repeat this 3 times!

  7. Cheer up. I try to look on the bright side. I see that you do, too, whether you realize it or not. You obviously have an amazing mom and a great relationship with her. The food looks delicious. Besides being worn out (I get that way just taking care of my two kids), things are pretty good for you. It's just hard to see it that way when you're tired. Hope you get a nap and/or a good night's sleep :-)

  8. oooh, your rendition looks awesome!! will need to try them myself :]i'm getting better about accepting things or changing things – going with the flow, so to speak. change is good! and good for you for not letting the rest of your summer escape you due to work. can you believe it's already july?! eek!

  9. Hey! I am a Nutrition and Dietetic student too. I'm from the UK but it's great to find someone else studying the same course. I'm with you on the summer job wreaking havoc with your workout schedule/summer plans. I work 9-6 too and I have no idea how people have families/lives/run marathons etc and work those hours. Just think of the money! That's all I do.

  10. I hear you about work! That's the same way I feel…I'm at a desk job all day, but really, all I want to do is relax at the end of the day.Usually when I'm feeling sorry for myself about something, I tell myself that it's really not THAT bad and it could be worse. I try hard to think of something positive about the situation, and once I start thinking positively, my mood usually follows. It's like how they say smiling is contagious.Hope your Tuesday is much better!

  11. Wow these look great, and so healthy!! So glad I came across your blog, I love it! Excited to be a new follower :)

  12. to actually get up and do something is so difficult sometimes, that's so true – so well done, and keep going! ps. it helps to eat good food – and you definitely do! it always looks amazing :)

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