Almond-Cacao Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • ½  cup walnuts (or any other nut you have on hand)
  • ½  cup almonds
  • 3 TBSP cacao powder
  • 1 pinch of ground vanilla bean
  • ½  tsp cinnamon
  • ½  tsp sea salt
  • 2 TBSP almond butter
  • 4 TBSP cold water
  • 12 medjool dates pits removed 
  • ¼  cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • 4 tablespoons protein powder (I used collagen powder from Vital proteins) 
  • sliced almonds broken up with the back of a spoon for rolling in 

Instructions

  1. If the dates are hard, once the pits are removed and they are roughly chopped, place them in a bowl of warm water for about 10 minutes to soften.
  2. Once your dates are soft, place all ingredients (except the almond butter) in a food processor and mix until well combined.
  3. Add the almond butter and blend until a thicker dough-like consistency forms (about 2-3 minutes)
  4. Form with your hands into equal-sized balls, roughly 1 inch in diameter.
  5. Finish by rolling balls in chopped slivered almonds.

Alternatives

You can roll the balls in shredded coconut, or any other slivered nut.

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