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Coconut pulp and peanut butter energy balls

My husband and daughter can both live on energy balls, they absolutely love that snack and if it’s available in the refrigerator, they will eat them whenever they need to feed themselves. My daughter will sometimes eat them for both her snacks and her meals preferring the convenience of grab-and-go snacks to the time it takes to put a real meal together. She is always on the go and can rarely sit down to a meal with the rest of us because of all her activities. Sure, sometimes, I would prefer she take the time to eat a real dinner but at least “I” make the energy balls and they are packed with nutritious ingredients and they do provide her with protein, healthy fats, healthy carbs, and fiber which are so important to a growing teenager and they contain no additives or fillers whatsoever. Bottom line, she is getting properly nourished, and that’s what counts! Because both my husband and daughter eat so many of them in a week, I’m always trying to discover new versions so that I can change it up a little.

These energy balls came about as I was trying to use the leftover coconut pulp that I had from making my homemade coconut milk and I didn’t want to waste what was left. So I put it in the high speed blender with some dates, walnuts, chia seeds, and peanut butter, that’s it! And I processed until I had a nice paste-like mixture that I formed into little balls. The result is delicious and I feel these taste more like cake than the other bites I usually make and I think it’s because of the fine coconut pulp. My husband also liked them more and more as the week went by so it is possible that after a day or so, the taste is even more pronounced and perfect. So hopefully, you can try them and they will last you for a few days so you can benefit from the added taste that a few days provide.

Ingredients  

  • The remaining coconut pulp from making coconut milk with 1 ½ cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup Deglet noor dates
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter (you can also use almond butter but I enjoyed the taste that the peanut butter provided)

 

 

Preparation

  • Put all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender and process until you obtain a “smoothish” texture. The chia seeds will mostly stay whole so they give a little crunch.
  • Form into balls the size of walnuts or to your liking.
  • Keep in the refrigerator.
  • Try to not eat them all at once!
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