Elburn Days/ Coconut Date Energy Balls

May and Cecelia enjoyed their first Elburn Days!

Photos taken by Uncle Joe!

We enjoyed the parade with the Kleckas and Mapels:

I also really enjoyed Elburn Days bcause Lauren and I scored an awesome playhouse for the kiddos.

Recently I have been on a big coconut kick! I have enjoyed munching on these from here!

Coconut Date Energy Balls

Ingredients (12-14 balls)

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (didn’t use)
  • 12 pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water (you might not need quite this much!)
  • zest of one orange (did not have so I didn’t use)
  • pinch of salt
  • extra coconut for rolling (optional
    I added in two big spoonfuls of peanut butter (I didn’t measure)
    Chai Seeds (extra crunch, fiber, and omega-3)

Instructions

Honestly, it doesn’t get much more simple than this.  Make sure your dates are pitted, and then chop them into bite sized pieces.

Add dates, oats, coconut, vanilla, salt, and pepitas to a food processor.  Zest one orange over top of the food processor, and then let it spin.  The mixture will be dry and crumbly – let it process for a minute just to break down some of the bigger ingredients.

Slowly add about 1/4 cup of water – add just until the mixture becomes wet and a bit sticky.  Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll into balls. They will have a bit of stickiness to them, so I like to roll them in dried coconut to help prevent them from sticking together.

These can be eaten at room temp, but I prefer them cooled in the refrigerator. Pack for snacks, hikes, bike rides, or any other long day where you might need a quick boost.

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