20 Nov Peanut Energy Balls
If you’re on the lookout for a quick, energy-packed pick-me-up, then whip up these super easy peanut energy balls.
Peanuts serve up hunger-busting protein and fibre, as well as:
- an excellent source of magnesium (keeps blood pressure under control), vitamin E (antioxidant) and niacin (helps your body unlock food energy)
- a good source of folate (makes red-blood cells)
- a source of potassium, zinc, iron, thiamin, vitamin B6, phosphorus and selenium
Not bad for a small legume, eh? That’s right, peanuts are legumes because they grow on the ground unlike tree nuts like almonds and walnuts.What I love about this recipe is that there is no added sugar. The dates do double duty by offering up natural sweetness and stickiness to bind the ingredients. The one-hour cook time refers to freezer time, making this recipe a no-bake wonder.
Some variations would be to roll the energy ball in shredded coconut or cocoa powder. Feel free to sub in your favourite dried fruit instead of the cranberries. They were a huge hit when I featured them on Canada AM. The cast and crew gobbled them up after the segment.