Energy Almond Butter Balls

Energy Almond Butter Balls 

The Cowgirl Gourmet adapted these from Nutrition Stripped

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Energy and protein bars are so overdone and most are not even that good for you, but homemade energy bites are where it's at. Small, bite-sized nuggets of nutrient-dense ingredients, two balls will keep your hanger at bay and keep you focused for a while. And when you share them with friends, it will vastly increase your likeability factor. Because when everyone's hunger pangs are coaxed into submission, everyone is on their best behavior.

Makes 20-30 balls, depending on the size

1 cup organic rolled oats, ground into a fine-coarse flour

1 cup organic almonds, coarsely ground

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tablespoon maca powder

Heaping 1/2 cup almond butter

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut oil

Pinch of sea salt

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 

In a food processor or blender, pulse the oats until they resemble a coarse flour. Add the almonds and pulse until they are coarsely ground and then add remaining ingredients and continue pulsing until combined.

Using a spoon, scoop some of the batter and use your hands to form bite-sized balls. Place the balls on the parchment lined baking sheet and then refrigerate until chilled.

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for two weeks or up to a month in the freezer. If frozen, thaw before serving.