Little Balls of Nutty Energy

Makes about 16-18

adapted from Raw Cookie Dough Bites

Prep time: 7 minutes

Cost: $1.62

(Okay--I'm guessing here: I'll fix if I figure it and it's way off: almonds: .50, walnuts: .75, oats: .07, chocolate chips: .20, honey: .05, coconut oil: 05)

Note: Naturally your nuts and oats must be raw if you want this to be a raw food. Also, be sure that your oats haven't been exposed to foods with gluten if you're observing a strictly gluten-free diet.

Note on coconut oil: Originally this recipe had double the honey (4 Tbsp). I didn't think it needed the sweetness, but it did need something that would help hold the balls together. I add the coconut oil for this purpose (as I prefer fat to sugar in my recipes). You could probably use a splash of milk or more honey if you'd rather. 

2/3 C almonds

2/3 C walnuts

2/3 C oats

1/4 tsp cinnamon

dash salt

2 Tbsp honey (or agave nectar if vegan)

1-2 Tbsp coconut oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

3-4 Tbsp dark chocolate chips (optional)

In food processor (I used a small blender, which also worked), combine almonds, walnuts, oats, cinnamon, and salt. Process until it's about the consistency of cream of wheat. 

Add honey, coconut oil, and vanilla and process. 

Add chocolate if using. You can process it a bit or leave it in chip form. 

You can probably store at room temperature for a couple days, but I just kept them in the refrigerator. 

Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet or plate. 

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