Dave’s Energy Balls

Dave’s Energy Balls

Dave’s 20 ingredients (or more!) recipe to follow…

Energy Balls Ingredients list – I try and use everything organic and in bulk. Organic ingredients purchased in bulk are reasonably priced. NOTE #1 – This is kind of a mad scientist’s recipe and ingredients can change in additions or amounts or vary. We all have different food combos we like so do not be afraid. Create your own mix just for the health of it.

Dry ingredients and approximate ratios

– Oatmeal – 1 cup

– Flax seeds – 1/2 cup

– Sesame seeds – 1/4 cup

– Chia seeds – 2 tablespoons

– Toasted soybeans – 1/2 cup

– Sunflower seeds – 1/3 cup

Nuts – I use a roasted nut mix that has the following: A total of a cup (total combined) of these or so. – Almonds

– Brazil nuts

– Cashews

– Walnuts

– Filberts

– Pecans

– Pistachios

All nuts have their own nutritional value of essential amino acids, micronutrients and minerals – Buy extra nuts that you like to put in mix – I add extra brazil nuts, pistachios and almonds for their special health benefits!

COCOA POWDER AKA CHOCOLATE! – I use a 1/2 cup of organic cocoa powder or the mini chocolate chips (which does add sugar which I mostly avoid now) available in bulk at most WHOLE FOODS, NATURAL GROCERS or the health food sections in bigger grocery stores.

“Wet” ingredients for glue

– Crunchy peanut butter – My favorite is Santa Cruz Organic – fabulous (another great snack is eating dates with this peanut butter – yum! – 2/3 cup or so(Available also at Walmart under the Smucker’s brand – same company, same good PB)

– Raw Honey – 1/2 cup plus

– Vanilla – Tablespoon

– Raisins 2/3 cup

– Coconut oil

– Sesame tahini

– I have added dried blueberries, tart cherries, and cranberries –

– If I need a little more oil I usually add sunflower oil that I use for cooking or organic coconut oil is healthy too!!

BEST RESULTS FOR MIXING – I have an old fashioned hand nut grinder to reduce the size of the nuts before I use my blenders. I use a small Cuisinart blender/coffee grinder to grind everything that is not wet. I also use my MAGIC BULLET blender. The oatmeal, flax and chia

are dry and will not ‘butter up’ like the nuts, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds – MAGIC GRINDING INGREDIENT is using a few of the toasted soybeans as they are very dry and help keep the nuts and seeds grinding. Use small amounts at a time in grinder to avoid having big chunks remain. Put in large mixing bowl and get your hands dirty!! If mix is too dry, add oil or more honey -if mix is too wet, add more oatmeal flour. Mix and mush by hand and make balls like meatballs slightly smaller than golf balls. I place in pie pans, cover, and throw in freezer to get them to set and then store in frig – they can get a little sticky when warm!

They pack a healthy punch, are sweet, tasty and one or two are satisfying because they are rich! These amounts should yield about 24 balls. YUM! Eat well, be weller!

NOTES

1. I buy whole seeds like flax, sesame and chia that I grind before making the balls – keeps the nutrition in them longer. And, if eaten whole, the nutrition in those seeds passes through us without benefit.

2. May seem labor intensive at first but will be well worth the effort!

3. Not a good idea to answer cell phone when making balls – how do you think I know this? Result is a goobery phone.

4. NUTRITION – These are great for breakfast. Often, my morning is two energy balls, a glass of one fresh squeezed orange or homemade smoothie, and/or fruit – banana and a few berries. I find I have no energy lapses and if you get hungry later, have another – they have so much good stuff in them, the EBs take the edge off any hunger and there is no ‘crash’ as with sugar infused candy bars.

Taos Mountain Energy Bars

Fuel is critical to our outdoor endeavors. Funny how there is such a disconnect with humans and what we eat – most people thinking that food is food. But, they do understand the gasoline for their car analogy. Ask them if they would put sugar laced sodas in their gas tank and expect their car to run well – of course they say no. Same applies with humans. My pre run meal is often my own energy balls (18 -20 ingredients), juice of a fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit, a piece of toast with homemade garlic chile olive oil, a banana, several blobs of organic Greek yogurt, a fruit smoothie or a combination. However, I do applaud the efforts of numerous health conscious entrepreneurs who are making their own concoctions to fuel or fun. Of the four Taos Mountain Energy Bars I sampled at the Whole Foods on Carlisle in Albuquerque I found them all to be tasty. I decided to buy the coconut flavor for my run up the La Luz Trail. The bar fueled my aborted attempt at reaching the summit of the Sandia Crest as I became bogged down in deep snow – so, pulled out my bar and took an energy bar and water break. Recommend the bar and the trail!

A Taos Mountain Coconut Energy Bar fueled my 9 mile jaunt and 2900 vertical up into the alpine conditions of the Sandia Crest on the La Luz Trail...
A Taos Mountain Coconut Energy Bar fueled my 9 mile jaunt and 2900 vertical up into the alpine conditions of the Sandia Crest on the La Luz Trail…