I have to apologize for posting two Energy Ball recipes in less than 10 days. I had planned on holding this one back for a few weeks to give you time to try the Coconut & Ginger recipe from last week, but these Apple Pie Energy Balls are just too good to keep to myself.
I think the key to success on any sort of diet (other then determination and will power of steel) is to always have healthy, ready-made snacks on hand. In today’s world most household cupboards are filled with sugary cereals, crackers, chips and cookies, all processed foods which are a little too quick and easy to eat. I used to rely heavily on nuts to curb my hunger between meals which although high in protein and other good nutrients, may not have been the best option for my waist line.
My solution – the Energy Ball, my new snacking obsession. A batch can be made in less then 10 minutes, they are nutritious and filled with protein so you stay full for longer and they last for months in the freezer, all attributes which more then make up for the way they look.
These balls really do taste like apple pie which makes them one of my favorite ‘light desserts’, or pre-breakfast breakfasts, or pre-workout snacks; I will use just about any excuse to eat one. I make a big batch of these and store them in the freezer in a ziploc bag where they can last for up to three months. I think they are best eaten frozen, straight from the freezer but they can also be stored in the fridge. I hope you enjoy!
- 1½ cups chopped dried apple
- ½ cup dates
- ½ tbsp honey (or other sweetener)
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- ½ cup toasted pecans
- In a food processor or blender add the dried apples, dates and honey and blend until the apples have broken down into very small pieces and the mixture becomes batter like in consistency
- Add the nutmeg, cinnamon and toasted pecans and continue to blend until the pecans reach your desired size.
- Once blended, scoop out tablespoon sized amounts of the mixture and roll into balls, depending on the stickiness you can wet your hands a touch to make the balls easier to roll
- Store the balls in the fridge in a sealed container for approximately a week, or you can keep them in the freezer for over a month
Other energy ball recipes from the site:
- Key Lime Pie Energy Balls
- Coconut & Ginger Energy Balls
- Cherry & Tahini Energy Balls
- Banana Bread Energy Balls
- Tropical Fruit Bites
- Fig Newton Energy Balls