Coconut Energy Balls with Flavor Options

These little guys are addictive. They're also easy to make and store well. I use the coconut nectar because it's low glycemic and not as sweet as agave. You could also use maple syrup, pecans and ... I can't help but keep thinking of combinations!

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  • 2 Tbls. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla or 1 tsp. each vanilla and almond extract
  • 1 cup raw pepitas
  • 3 cups finely grated coconut plus
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ to ¾ cup coconut nectar
  • 1 cup fine shredded coconut for the coating, optional

Choose your flavor and add:

Chocolate:

  • ¼ cup cocoa nibs
  • 2 Tbls. unsweetened cocoa
  • Pinch cayenne pepper

Peanut Butter:

  • ½ cup peanut butter powder (PB2)

Cherry Almond:

  • ½ cup dried cherries, chopped fine
  • Replace the pepitas with slivered almonds, lightly toasted
  • ¼ tsp. Cinnamon

Matcha:

  •  2 Tbls. matcha powder

To make:

  1. In a small bowl, add 1 Tbls. water, the extract(s) and the chia seeds. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor,coarsely chop the pepitas. Remove half and place in a medium bowl.
  3. Add the coconut to the pepitas and process until fairly fine. Add to the bowl with the remaining dry ingredients and cherries if using them.
  4. Toss with your hands so that everything is well blended.
  5. Add the chia mixture which should have gelled at this point and the remaining wet ingredients starting with ½ cup of coconut nectar.
  6. Massage the mixture until thoroughly combined. Taste for sweetness.
  7. Make small balls by squeezing the mixture in your hands and then rolling it into balls.
  8. Roll in the additional shredded coconut if desired.
  9. Freeze the balls on wax paper or chill in the fridge. Once hard, they can be stored in the fridge.