Have you ever felt there’s nothing to cheer you up on those cold days of spring? I have the perfect solution to this low energy problem: a mix of nuts, seeds, dried fruits and a few extra ingredients that will recharge your batteries. You can always change the ingredients according to your preferences, still this power balls will be a healthy snack.
Today I was planning to bake something for my husband, since he’s out of town I though about bringing some goodies to cheer him up on the road, but baking sounded a bit complicated and decided to look up for a no-bake recipe, I browse on a few and this one looked like a tasty success, so far so good!
The original recipe on http://www.foodista.com/ asked for certain amount of ingredients but for the sake of my husband’s appetite I doubled them:
2 cups raw nuts (I used walnuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seed and sunflower seeds)
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (plus more for coating)
4 tablespoons flaxseed (optional)
3 teaspoons cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 1/3 cups nut butter
8 tablespoons pure maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cup dried fruits ( I used dried cranberries and apricots)
1 Grind the nuts and oats in a food processor or blender until there are no chunks larger than a pencil eraser. Dump into a large mixing bowl, and stir in the coconut, flaxseed, cinnamon, dried fruits, seeds and pinch of salt.
2 In a small bowl combine the nut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir for a few seconds. Finish mixing with your hands until everything is throughly combined. You should be able to press the entire mixture into one clump. If the mixture is too dry, add water 1 T at a time until you reach the desired consistency. You should be able to form balls easily, but the mixture shouldn’t be mushy.
3 Roll into balls. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.