Most days I wake up before my alarm and start the day full of energy. Today has not been one of those days. It’s cold, rainy, and muggy in the YYC. I’ve had little motivation to do anything today, I’ve drank two cups of coffee already (which is unusual for me), and I’m feeling like taking a nap. On the upside, I’m sharing this delicious energy ball recipe.
This recipe has been one of my favourite energy ball recipes since Joy McCarthy’s Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting book was released. I really enjoyed reading her health tips and trying some of the recipes and I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle. These balls are super easy to make with simple ingredients and they stay well in the freezer for weeks (although mine don’t last very long). They truly taste like carrot cake and are a great post-workout snack or dinner dessert. I sometimes double the recipe to share with friends and family, or to store in the freezer for an extended period of time. I’ve received multiple compliments on them and have passed on the recipe to share the love.
- ¾ cup any nut (I used a blend of cashews, almonds, pistachios, & pecans)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup grated carrots
- 6 medjool dates, pitted
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- Place nuts in a food processor and process into small bits.
- Divide the shredded coconut into two ½ cup portions. Add one ½ cup portion of shredded coconut and remaining ingredients to the food processor. Process until well combined with a sticky, dough-like texture.
- Spread the other ½ cup portion of shredded coconut on a plate. Slightly wet your hands and using a teaspoon, take about 2 teaspoons of carrot cake mixture and roll into 1 inch balls between your palms. Roll balls in shredded coconut and place in an airtight container. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours to set and enjoy cold. I prefer to store mine in the freezer and thaw for 5 mins before eating.