I wanted to name these WOD Balls since that’s really why I created them – for pre-WOD energy or post-WOD recovery – but um, “WOD Balls” leaves just too many jokes open.
I rolled these into small balls for better portion control but the reality is you could make them into bars or squares or whatever floats your Ball Boat.
I brought the first batch I made to my allergist’s office when I went for my weekly injection to share with the awesome girls who work there (and they read this blog, so hi guys!). I made it without egg since I wasn’t sure if anyone had any egg issues. Though they tasted good, they fell apart. The first batch was also very seedy since I used Sunbutter with flax seeds and 2 tbsp chia seeds. So the next batch, I added 1 egg and used half almond butter, half Sunbutter and less chia seeds. This time, they came out perfect! So, sorry girls that you were my guinea pigs but thanks for helping improve the recipe!!
You could use any combination of nut/seed butters you have and any kind of chopped nuts or dried fruit. Personally, I used almond/sunbutter, macadamia nuts, dried cranberrries and goji berries, coconut, and a tiny bit of dark mini chocolate chips.
They pack a heavy nutritional punch, high in protein with a good number of healthy carbs, and are perfect for a post-workout recovery food if you want something other than a shake. The only added sugar is in the little bit of honey – all of the sweetness comes from the dates! And I swear they taste like little desserts so you can satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way.
What you need:
- 10 pitted dates
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp nut/seed butter
- 1/2 c. finely chopped nuts
- 1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1-2 tbsp dark mini chocolate chips
- 1/4-1/2 c. dried fruit
- 1 egg
What you do:
- Pulse or finely chop the nuts.
- In a food processor or blender, add the dates and turn on high. Once the dates turn to small pieces, drizzle in the honey. This will make a paste.
- Add the date paste, nuts, and the remaining ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
- The mixture will be wet so form into balls as best as you can and place on parchment.
- Bake at 250 for 35-40 minutes. Slow and steady.