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A quick, energy-packed pick-me-up. These super easy peanut energy balls serve up hunger-busting protein and fibre, as well as: magnesium, vitamin E, niacin folate, potassium, zinc, iron, thiamin, vitamin B6, phosphorus and selenium
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Peanut Energy Balls

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.

 

Peanut Energy Balls

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 20 Balls

Peanut Energy Balls

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1 cup dates, chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tsp ground chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)
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Instructions

  1. In a food processor, whirl all ingredients until the mixture is evenly combined.
  2. Roll into 1-inch balls. Makes about 20. Roll in coconut or cocoa powder if you wish.
  3. Place balls on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and freeze for an hour.
  4. Store in a freezer bag or container. Keep in the freezer or fridge.

Notes

Gobble up these delicious and naturally sweet peanut energy balls. (recipe adapted from Peanut Bureau of Canada) Author: Zannat Reza

 

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.

 

Have you made this type of snack? What other ingredients would you use?

  • Zannat
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