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Thursday
Jan282016

Espresso Chip Energy Balls 

I have several things in my life I refer to as my “reliables.” This recipe is one of those….

Sure, I always seem to have the ingredients on hand. However, even if I “screw up” the mixture or measure wrong, it always turns out deliciously well. Maybe that’s why it’s my go-to energy ball recipe. I switch the ingredients up fairly often depending on my mood or the season, but this is without a doubt my favorite. 

Why is it so “knock your socks off” good? Obvious reason first: coffee. Obvious reason number two: dark chocolate. 

Add to this perfect pair of coffee-chocolate flavor the nuttiness of almond and the chewiness of date, and you know you’ll find yourself reaching for more! To boot, they’re naturally gluten free and high in protein. 

You just got yourself a new go-to snack for any time of the day!

Ingredients:

  • 15 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 scoops Vanilla VeganMax protein powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 2-4 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (to thin out dough if needed)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor. Process until mixture forms a ball of dough. 
  • Remove from food processor, transfer to a medium bowl, and stir in chocolate chips. 
  • Roll dough into balls (roll in unsweetened coconut flakes if desired), and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. 
  • Chill energy bites 30 minutes or until slightly firm. 
  • Store energy bites in refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading. Check back each week for our latest recipes and food tips in the Flourish newsletter and Life Time Weight Loss blog! 

In health, Hanna Grinaker - Corporate Registered Dietitian, MS, RD/LDN

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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