I used to make meals for a few poker players during the WSOP, and this was one of the snacks I offered. It was always popular as they play for very long hours, and these would provide them the energy needed to keep them going. Plus they are very satisfying and nutritious!
They taste like carrot cake but are filled with raw, high nutrient ingredients. You can freeze them if you want and keep for later use, but its often unnecessary.
If you have kids, they may enjoy pitching in to help you roll the balls.
You could also make a few variations; for example, if you want to add protein, I suggest adding a scoop of your favorite vanilla powder protein powder mix instead of the vanilla essence. If you want to use walnuts instead of almonds, that works as well! They will not take long to make, and will be a sure hit in the household.
CARROT CAKE SUPERFOOD ENERGY BALLS
1 cup of raw unsalted almonds
5 dates (if they are hard, soften them in hot water for 30-40 minutes)
1 1/2 tablespoons of water
1 cup of grated carrots (about 1 large carrot)
2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
2 tablespoons of coconut oil, softened
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
In a food processor, grind the almonds into a coarse, chunky looking flour.
Put the almonds aside in a bowl.
Using the food processor again (no need to clean it), add the dates and the water, and process into a chunky date paste.
Add the almond flour, and all the other ingredients back in the processor along with the date paste, and process a few minutes until everything is well combined, with the mixture sticking together.
Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls, I usually use a measuring tablespoon to scoop them so that they are all the same size.
This will make 18 balls.