You should see the shape of my balls when I'm not taking pictures of them...
Ahhhh, the infamous blogger ball joke...sorry, I couldn't resist.
What I mean is, when I make energy balls and don't have to photograph them for the bloggy here, they're quite crude in appearance.
I'm not even sure 'balls' is the right term for them...more like lopsided lumps.
I grab the dough from the processor and form the quickest spherical shape possible.
Hey man, I got three little kids and a life...no time for forming perfectly round balls over here.
That is, unless, they're modeling for me. I need the best of the best for that, the supermodels of balls to make me and my product look goooooood.
Hah, sorry, I'm in a weird mood right now.
I literally just scarfed about eight of these balls and am now sitting holding Sammy while he attempts to gnaw on a slice of homemade pizza.
He's very intent right now, and if I try to help him, he starts to yell at me, lol...and if I try to take it, well, let's just say he ain't having that!
I understand. I guard my food with equal ferocity, especially when it comes to treats.
Its been a while since I've made an 'energy' ball. The typical date and nut-based variety actually started to zap me of energy after eating them, so, aside from playing with a few recipes here and there, I've not had a standard go-to energy treat until now.
I really feel good after eating these, and they're relatively low in sugar, which is nice for my current diet.
In lieu of the peanut butter, I've used my Homemade Pumpkin Seed Butter, homemade hemp seed butter, and I'm hoping to give coconut butter a go soon...in other words, whatever nut or seed butter you like, would probably work in these.
However you make them, I hope you enjoy these if you try them!
Peanut Butter Quinoa Energy Balls
- 1 c . cooked quinoa
- 3 T . oats
- 3 T . grated coconut
- 2 T . cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)
- 1 t . cinnamon
- 2 t . vanilla
- ¼ c . peanut butter (or another tolerated nut or seed butter)
- 2 t . honey
- 1 t . molasses (or another teaspoon of honey, if you prefer)
- stevia , to taste, if desired
- Process everything together until well combined (the dough may look a bit crumbly, but that's normal).
- Form balls with the dough by pressing it together with your hands.
I use a few shakes of powdered stevia extract to give these a bit more sweetness.