Last week, I received a ton of goodies in a goody bag that I received at the NIFS Mini-Marathon Training Program orientation. One of the items that I was most excited about was the PROBAR Fuel. I absolutely love having bars handy for those times when hunger strikes and I am on the go, but I try to be conscious of the ingredient list. Sometimes they can get rather lengthy and be filled with words that I am unfamiliar with. When I checked the back of the PROBAR Fuel for the nutrition stats and ingredients, I was happy to see that the list was relatively short, full of things that I could pronounce, and I had many of the ingredients in my pantry at home!
After spending the day studying on Saturday, I worked up quite the appetite. Luckily, I packed my PROBAR with me for a quick snack.
I loved the chewy texture, the delicious raspberry/cranberry flavor, and the fact that it held me over until I was able to make a proper meal. As I was eating this delicious snack, the first thing I thought was “I have got to try to make these!”
Now, I didn’t have all of the ingredients, and some improvising was used, but I really think that my little kitchen experiment turned out as a win.
I decided to make my little bites into balls rather than bars simply because they are easier to shape, and I think they are cuter! These little energy balls don’t just taste good. They are gluten free, full of omega 3s, fiber, and carbohydrates for a little boost of energy. These would be a great pre-workout snack, or afternoon pick-me-up. I hope you enjoy!
Cranberry Date Energy Balls
Yields: about 25 small balls
Nutrition per ball: Calories–85 Fat–3.4g Carbs–13.1g Protein–2.0g
- 1 cup dates
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup almonds
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp flax meal (ground flax seed)
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
In the food processor, combine the dates, honey, and dried cranberries to make a sticky puree. Once combined, add in the remaining ingredients and blend until fully combined. This will stick to the sides of the processor, so use a spatula to scrape it all out. Roll the mixture into 25 small balls. Store in the fridge and enjoy!
Do you ever try a new-to-you food then try to recreate it yourself? What are some of your most successful recreations?