Great Balls of Energy

Is it just me, or does it seem that in social media circles balls have supplanted bars when it comes to homemade snack fuel. Unlike avocado toast, this is one trendy kitchen creation I’m happily embracing. For the most part, balls can be easier to whip up than DIY bars and it’s really easy to just to grab one or two from the fridge when you need a pre-exercise energy boost or to help get you through the afternoon slump.

With that said, here are the latest batch of tasty balls I’ve been popping in my mouth to energize my fall rides.

Mango Chia Balls

1 1/2 cup unsalted roasted cashews
1 1/2 cups dried mango
1 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup dried coconut
1/4 cup chia seeds
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

Place cashews in a food processor container and blend until you have small pebbles. Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixture sticks together when pressed between your fingers.

Using damp hands, roll mixture into 1-inch balls. You should get about 20 balls. Keep chilled.

Chocolate Tahini Balls

1 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup tahini
Zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Place dates in a food processor container and blend until dates are pulverized and beginning to form a pasty mixture. Place cocoa powder, tahini, orange zest, vanilla and a couple pinches salt in container and blend until mixture sticks together when pinched between your fingers.

Spread sesame seeds out on a plate. Roll date mixture into balls about the size of golf balls, adding more sesame seeds to plate as needed. You should get about 10 balls. Keep chilled.

Banana Date Energy Balls

1 cup pitted dates
1 cup baked banana chips (such as the brand bare)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup unsalted roasted sunflower seeds
1/3 cup nut or seed butter of choice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

Place dates in a bowl, cover with warm water and let soak 15 minutes.

Drain dates and place them in a food processor container along with banana chips, oats and sunflower seeds. Blend until mixture is pulverized. Add nut or seed butter and vanilla and blend until mixture sticks together with pressed between your fingers. If using, pulse in chocolate chips.

Form into 1-inch balls. You should get about 14 balls. Keep chilled.

Rocket Fuel by Matt Kadey

In Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.

Rocket Fuel is available now in bookstores, outdoors stores, and online from these online retailers:
MattKadey.com
VeloPress
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
local booksellers
Chapters/Indigo and MEC.ca in Canada

Food photography by Aaron Colussi.

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