Prune-alicious Energy Balls

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Prunes get a bad rap. They totally don’t deserve it, though – they’re sweet and yummy and relatively good for you. Also, they’re much cheaper than dates, which is crucial if you go through dates like I do. I’ll save those suckers for dessert, thanks.

While I’m not a fan of making crazy New Year’s resolutions or dieting per say, sometimes after the holidays it’s nice to start eating more like myself. That means no more cookies before lunch. But what, she cries in despair, will I have for my morning snack? Easy. These prune snack balls. They combine an awesome boost of energy with a little post-holiday fiber (yes, prunes = pooping. There, I said it) all wrapped in a tasty, portable little package.

So, start 2015 off right with these little nuggets of goodness. I swear, you’ll never think prunes are only for the elderly again.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup prunes
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger, allspice, or cardamom (I mix it up, so use whatever you like/have)

These are crazy simple to make. First you throw the almonds in the food processor until they’re finely ground. Then, add the dates, raisins, and spices. Mix those until it’s a fine meal. Add the almond butter and pulse until everything is mixed and sticking together. Then, you just roll them into balls and store in the fridge.

The great thing about these is that they’re easy to customize. If you wanted them sweeter, you could sub 1/2 cup dates (or use all dates, but you’ll need to roll them in coconut or something because they’ll be mad sticky). You could use walnuts or pecans instead of almonds, dried blueberries or cranberries instead of raisins. You could add soaked goji berries, chia seeds, or even a little spirulina. Whatever you like will work, as long as you don’t mess too much with the proportions of dry vs sticky/wet ingredients, or they won’t hold together. I’ve even made these peanut butter/chocolate before. That actually reminds me that I should probably post that recipe at some point because they were really, really yummy.

Anyways, these ones are great. I throw them in my bag for an energy boost at work, or for the rare occasions I go hiking. Go forth and poop, my friends.

Sorry not sorry.

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Prune-alicious Energy Balls
 
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These energy balls are quick to make (throw everything in the food processor), and they'll keep you going for a while. Also, the prunes help keep things moving along, if you know what I mean. Yeah, I'm about five years old.
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Cuisine: Vegan, Raw
Serves: About 25 balls
Ingredients
  • • 1 cup raw almonds
  • • 1 cup prunes
  • • ¼ cup raisins
  • • ¼ cup almond butter
  • • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • • ¼ tsp ginger, allspice, or cardamom (I mix it up, so use whatever you like/have)
Instructions
  1. These are crazy simple to make. First you throw the almonds in the food processor until they're finely ground.
  2. Then add the dates, raisins, and spices. Mix those until it's a fine meal.
  3. Add the almond butter and pulse until everything is mixed and sticking together.
  4. Then, you just roll them into balls and store in the fridge.
  5. The great thing about these is that they're easy to customize. If you wanted them sweeter, you could sub ½ cup dates (or use all dates, but you'll need to roll them in coconut or something because they'll be mad sticky). You could use walnuts or pecans instead of almonds, dried blueberries or cranberries instead of raisins. You could add soaked goji berries, chia seeds, or even a little spirulina. Whatever you like will work, as long as you don't mess too much with the proportions of dry vs sticky/wet ingredients, or they won't hold together.

 

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