Thursday, February 14, 2013


These raw energy balls/bars are delicious and rejuvenating, hence the name. They're packed with antioxidants, protein and whole grains and are perfect for a pre/post-workout snack...they even look a little bit like they're lined up for an exercise class in this photo! Show offs. Conversely, you can simply gorge on them like we did! It's up to you;-).

When I ate my first one I started bopping around the apartment involuntarily singing "yum, yum, yummy, yummy, yum!" My husband was standing next to me eating them up faster than I could make them, so I don't have an accurate count on the total quantity this recipe makes, but I estimated below anyhow. 

2 cups raw rolled oats
1 cup raw millet
1 cup coconut ribbons
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 almond slivers
1/2 cup pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup currants
1/4 cup goji berries
2 Tablespoons cocoa nibs
1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all the dry ingredients well and then in a separate bowl combine...

1 cup chunky or smooth organic peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup raw honey
*You may need to heat the wet ingredients slightly to combine them. 

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix together until crumbly. Using wet hands can help to speed up the mixing. 

Shape into truffle sized balls, flatten into a foil lined pan, or do both like I did. If making bars, be sure to press the mixture very firmly into the foil lined pan, further tamping it down with the flat side of a measuring cup so it will stick together and "bar-up" if you will. If you want to make only bars, press all of the mixture into a 10x12 or 9x12 inch lined pan. If you want to make half balls/half bars, press 4 cups of the mixture into and 8x8 pan and roll up the rest.

Refrigerate for at least two hours before slicing so everything can hydrate and become cohesive. Refrigerate the balls/bars after shaping/slicing so they stay moist and firm. 

Estimated Yield: 
Half & Half - Approximately 14 1x4 inch bars and 20 balls
Balls Only - 60-ish 
Bars Only - 20-ish 

Note: You can use any nut butter, nuts, seeds etc. that you like in this recipe, just keep the basic wet to dry ratio!