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Lemon Coconut Energy Balls And Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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Energy balls, energy bites, energy truffles...whatever you want to call them, I am a HUGE fan of these little guys. I make a batch almost every week for quick grab and go snacks. These are perfect for those days I have back to back appointments with clients. I can literally pop them in my mouth with 2 minutes to spare and they will hold me through until my next spare 2 minutes.

They are also great to stash in your glove box for emergency hunger during rush hour and are the perfect compact treat for hikes or long runs. I recommend throwing a few of these in your purse. Trust me, they come in handy when you're out and about and the sticky fried sesame chicken from the food court just won't cut it.

They may be small but they pack a punch. With the ultimate combo of complex carbs from oats and dates + protein and healthy fats from the nuts and coconut, both of these recipes will give you long lasting energy and are so satisfying.

If part of your plan to kick off the new year includes getting back to some healthy home cooking, join me here and I'll show you how to get your weekly meal prep done in just one hour.

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Lemon Coconut Energy Ball
Makes 30 balls
Ingredients

- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut + more to roll the balls in
- 1 cup oats

Directions

1. Place everything in a food processor or powerful blender (I used my VItamix) in the order listed.
2. Pulse and blend until a thick paste like consistency is reached.
3. Roll into evenly sized balls and roll in additional coconut if desired.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Makes 12 balls
Ingredients

- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts + 1/4 cup chia seeds or flax seeds + more for rolling if desired
- ½ cup dates
- 1 Tbsp Cocoa
- 3 Tbsp warm water
- 2 Tbsp smooth natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Directions

1. Combine oats, hemp seeds and chia or flax seeds in a medium-sized bowl.
2. Add dates, cocoa, water, peanut butter and vanilla into a food processor and pulse until it becomes a smooth paste. Add more warm water as needed if it needs thinning.
3. Add the date paste to the oat and seed mixture. Mix with a fork until all ingredients are combined and like a thick paste (you may need to use your hands for this).
4. Roll into 12 even sized balls, using the warmth of your hands to mold them together.
5. Can be eaten as is or placed in the fridge or freezer to set for 15 minutes.
6. Will keep fresh in an air-tight bag or container for up to a week or can be frozen for later use!

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