Goodness gracious great balls of energy

Great balls of energy

Wow! Sometimes life just runs away with me. My son was home for a long weekend and between him and his sisters, I had a food order any restaurant would have been proud of. Where do kids put it? We made healthier versions of sticky toffee pudding, baked New York cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. Good job we also did a bit of Crossfit, went to the gym and rode the horses.

Old hollow legs is away again so I get a chance to catch up on my blog. Sometimes I feel like a big toy 🙂

I’ve been promising you my lemon and lime date balls. I tend to do nut and nut free versions of whatever I make. My girls love nuts but their school has a nut free policy.

Anyways, here goes…..super easy, super yummy and great as a pre and post gym snack. Try not to eat too many. They might be full of good stuff but they’re not low calorie 🙂

Ingredients

1 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw almonds or 3/4 cup of almond meal
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
18 Medjool dates, pitted
juice from 1/3 of a lemon and 1/2 of a lime

Method

Blitz cashews, almonds and coconut in a food processor to a fine crumb and set aside.
Purée the dates.
Add nuts and juice to the puréed dates and blitz to combine.
Roll the mixture into 16 – 18 balls and place each ball in a mini muffin case.
Store in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for a longer period (no point really as you’ll be taking them out every day and they aren’t nice if you defrost them in the microwave….yes…..been there).

Nut free version

Ingredients

1 cup seeds (unsalted)(I use hemp seeds as they are nutty)
12 Medjool dates (pitted)
1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
1 tablespoon of oil (I use coconut oil)
juice from 1/3 of a lemon and 1/2 of a lime

Method

Combine seeds with oil and mix. Toast seeds under a grill/broiler or in a pan on the cooker.
Mix toasted seeds, dates and juice in a food processor and purée until mixture binds. Add a little water if necessary.
Roll the mixture into approx 12 balls and place each ball in a mini muffin case.

Store in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for a longer period.

Yummy, yummy in my tummy!

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