Maca Almond Energy Balls

These maca almond balls are delish! The only thing that would make them better is if they were dipped in chocolate. These little wonders are packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats. And as an added bonus, they give you a good energy kick thanks to the Raw Maca Powder from Navitas Naturals and cinnamon powder. Maca root is a wonderful superfood from the high Andes of my beautiful Peru that provides a natural source of energy and helps to balance hormones. Cinnamon is known for helping to speed up your metabolism and regulating blood sugar.

The recipe is super simple to make and easy to adjust to your taste. The only time consuming part of making this recipe is rolling the dough into balls. There are no processed sugars and everything is raw except for the vanilla extract and almonds. It’s really difficult to get raw almonds and when you find them, they are super expensive so I just buy them organic. I try to buy organic as much as my pocket allows.

I really have to get a little more organized when coming up with recipes. I meant to post this recipe about two weeks ago but wasn’t able because I lost the little piece of paper where I wrote things down. So finally, last night I re-enacted the scene where I try to play chef and made sure to write all my notes on a notepad with a magnet that is attached to the fridge. Now my notes are hanging out on the fridge door waiting to be uploaded into this blog and the paper recycled to hopefully become another notepad. I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients (makes ~30 x 1” balls)
12 Mejdool dates
¼ cup raisins
1 cup of almonds
2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil
¼ cup raw (or regular) almond butter
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon, or more if you prefer, of maca powder (optional)
Slightly generous dash of salt

Directions
1. Add all ingredients into food processor and pulse until it’s all crumbled up and the almonds look coarse.


2. Roll into 1” balls and put in the fridge until they are a bit cool. The dough should bind together easily. If it’s too crumbly add a little more almond butter.
3. Dust them with your favorite toppings; raw cacao, cinnamon or coconut flakes. Cinnamon is my favorite.

 



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