Raw Energy Balls with Re-Purposed Almond Pulp

These tasty bites are a perfect snack, pick me up, pre or post-workout booster and a sweet tooth craver nixer. Fancy terminology right there. 

Lately, I’ve been adding more and more superfoods to my pantry instead of just running out and grabbing quick snacks all over town. I’m doing this for cost efficiency and for quality control. 

Please, don’t fret as I’m still scouring and finding the best of the best options on the market because when it comes down to it, it’s just to damn fun for me not too! There’s nothing like spending hours at a natural food store, going through aisle after aisle, reading packages and looking up companies. Did I not talk about Natural Expo West being my Disneyland?
BUT, this is where the balance comes in. Cooking and creating for yourself is the core to understanding our foods, our lifestyle and our choices. 
The brands I cook with are also brands I scoured aisles for and did research on.

How did I make it? 
If you read my last post Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk you could see I wrote about the many different uses for re-purposing almond pulp instead of tossing it. For my Energy Ball creations I had just received my Thrive Market order and wanted to make something raw, quick, tasty, naturally sweet, nutritious and portable. Later that evening, I was heading to a movie and knew I wanted a sustainable, yet very tasty option. 

Enter Energy Balls. You can use different brands and vary your measurements. I used the “pinch of this, pinch of that” method. 

  • Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats
  • leftover almond pulp with a few drops of almond milk
  • Earth Circle Organics maca powder
  • Navitas Natural goji berries
  • Sunfood pure cacao powder
  • Pure Organic Vanilla Extract
  • Woodstock Foods Coconut Shreds

- I mixed all the ingredients together (tasting along the way).
- Then scooped small balls (you can use a melon ball or form with your hands) onto parchment paper. 
- After the mixture was gone and all the balls were formed, I took the readied balls and put them in the freezer for about 15 mins. 
- Once the balls were able to be picked up without breaking, I had two with a cup of tea and placed the rest in the fridge. 

In my head I’m already playing with more flavor/texture combinations. An addition of plant-based protein powder may be the key for post workout energy balls, or cacao nibs for added texture, or maybe hemp seeds for more omega’s. There are so many options!

What are some of your favorite combinations?