This week I started my diabetes outpatient rotation of my internship. I’m two days into it, and my brain is already feeling ready to explode. I have so much to learn still that it’s hard to believe in less than 8 months I’ll be a Registered Dietitian. I don’t feel even close to qualified yet!
But one thing I do feel qualified to talk about is energy balls. I whipped up these cacao mesquite energy balls last week and they’ve been the perfect snack to stash in my bag. With dates for carbohydrates, seeds for protein and healthy fats, raw cacao for antioxidants, and mesquite for fibre and iron, they’re full of nutrients to keep you going throughout the day.
- 20 Medjool dates, pitted
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp mesquite powder
- Add the dates to a food processor and process for a few seconds. Then add the rest of the ingredients all at once and process until the ingredients are mixed and the sunflower seeds have been broken into small chunks.
- Remove mixture from food processor bowl and roll into balls of your desired size. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy!
2. If you don't like their bitter taste, feel free to replace the cacao nibs with mini chocolate chips
What are your favourite ingredients to use in energy balls or bars?