Good 4-Ya Chocolaty Balls

Late last night (um, after 10 pm) I gracefully excused myself from the outdoor 4th of July festivities mostly because I could just as easily enjoy the beautiful colors, minus the loud noise and pesky mosquitoes, from the comfort of my own kitchen.  Expecting a busy week ahead, I decided to whip up some on-the-fly energy balls.  I've been weeding through a number of energy ball recipes and have one recipe I've made a few times but wanted to try out something new.  I still need to try making the Chai-Spiced Almond Butter Bites that I've been meaning to make!

On a mission, I pulled out as many ingredients from the cupboard and refrigerator as I could carry in one load and dumped them onto the butcher block beside the food processor.  I know the basic concoction (ratio) that will produce a snack-size ball of what I can feel mostly good about eating first thing in the morning if I need to get protein in the 1st 30 minutes upon waking or for a go-to mid-day snack with my tea or (decaf) coffee.  

My 3 criteria for producing some worthy balls are:

1. They have to be palatable, preferably taste good.

2. They need to include so many "healthy" ingredients that the one or two controversial ingredients seem inconsequential.

3. They have to stick together.  I can't call them balls if they're flat, right?

Here's what I threw together:

- 1 heaping Tbsp Marantha Organic (OG) Creamy Peanut Butter (finished off the jar)

- 2 heaping Tbsp Trader Joes' Creamy Almond Butter (no salt)

- 5 heaping Tbsp Bob's Red Mill OG Almond Meal / Flour

- 1 scoop Garden of Life Vanilla Raw Protein Powder (this is an organic plant protein blend)

- 4 heaping Tbsp Let's Do Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

- 7 whole, pitted Dates

- 2 grabs (lol, but that's what I did basically) Pumpkin Seeds (these were previously soaked for 6-8 hrs then roasted and salted - good little snack to have on-hand)

1 Tbsp ground Flax Seed

1 Tbsp Raw Cacao powder

- 1 heaping Tbsp Dr. Bronner's OG Virgin Coconut Oil (melted)

- 1 Tbsp Coombs Family Farms OG Maple Syrup

- 1 splash of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract

- Sprinkling of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Put the ingredients into the food processor and pulse or process until they come together into a malleable dough.

 Chocolaty Balls

Chocolaty Balls

The ingredients came together nicely!  I used my #60 scoop (the size of a large gum ball) and scooped them out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet that fits into my freezer.  I rolled each into a ball and put the sheet into the freezer.  The next morning, I transferred the balls into glass Weck jars for storage and put them into the refrigerator.  The ingredients are pretty stable so they should hold nicely in the refrigerator for a week or two (if they last that long).  I divide them into multiple jars so my husband can take a handful to work to snack on, etc. Today, I decided to dip some in Theo 70% melted dark chocolate because, well, I just love chocolate!

Hope you get a chance to try making your own version!  Let me know if you do.

Happy Rolling!

Disclaimer - My husband JUST informed me that there is an existing South Park "Chocolate Salty Balls" episode.  This was COMPLETE news to me as I am unfamiliar with the South Park series.  I do not endorse it...LOL