Oh yeah, you read that right. Four. Count them, four ingredient energy balls. Oh yeah, and vegan. AND no bake. Can this get any easier? Just look at those beauties.
After having guests for two consecutive weeks, I’m more ready than ever to share some food with you guys! I have a backlog of recipes just waiting to be shared, so get excited. First off, these delicious balls (there’s a joke in there somewhere).
I really get annoyed when people try to tell me about how fruits are “nature’s candy”. I’m sorry, a honeydew will never be a Snicker’s bar. We should just all move on and either accept to eat processed shit to quench our sweet tooth, or grab a melon and attempt to. I love a candy bar just as much as the next person, but I still don’t want to put what’s in it in my body, so I try to find natural things that can come closer than a melon to killing my sweet tooth. It’s unfortunate that nature didn’t grace us with Snickers trees, but it did grace us with date trees. They certainly aren’t candy, but they are pretty damn good and make a really great sugar alternative in a ton of recipes. It still doesn’t make the “nature’s candy” bullshit seem any less annoying, but it’s a start.
All that being said, sometimes a girl just wants a doughnut, and that’s ok. But, before you go guns blazing on Krispy Kreme, try making some of these and see if you can hold out until your next craving. Sometimes in the middle of the afternoon, I’ll get this overwhelming need for something sweet. More often than not, one of these will satisfy that need and I won’t have to go out and eat a doughnut. Diabetic coma crisis averted.
So, not only are these bad boys only four ingredients, but they are uncomfortably good for how easy they are to make. Like, super good. Like, go make them. Now. Go. Kill that sweet tooth.
Nutritionals: Vegan, Paleo, WLC Compliant (Lifestyle), gluten free, dairy free
Ready for these super complicated instructions? You might need to sit down for this. Not really.
First, put all of your ingredients except the sunflower seeds in your food processor and pulse until mixed well.
*pulse pulse pulse*
Add your sunflower seeds and pulse until just mixed. Definitely didn’t take a photo of this, but I’m sure you get it.
Put the mixture in to the fridge for about an hour to set. That was a lot of work. You better sit down and relax. Wine will help.
After about an hour, roll mixture in to 1-2 inch balls and place on a lined cookie sheet.
After rolling, they are going to be a little sticky, so put these back in the fridge to set over night (or for a few hours if you can’t wait) and eat!
Slow clap for easy and delicious.
One more photo for funsies. Here’s a back stage look at what’s really going on when I’m shooting all of these pretty foods.
Meet our VP of Quality Control, Macy the corgi. Doesn’t she look cute enough to give a few bits to? She certainly thinks so.
- 30 (about) Medjool Dates
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 1 cup oats
- ½ cup (about) Sunflower seeds
- Pit dates and toss in food processor (I use the Ninja)
- Add apricots and oats to food processor
- Blend until smooth
- Add sunflower seeds and pulse a few times to mix
- Put mixture in the fridge for about an hour to set
- Remove and using hands, roll mixture in to 1"-2" balls
- Place balls on lined cookie sheet (wax or parchment paper) and when finished rolling out all balls, put back in fridge to set (I like to leave them in over night, but they should be good after a few hours)