These are the new favorite food in our house.
Willa actually made them first and brought them to the gym as a post-run snack. They made the best snack ever!
They remind me a lot of Larabars….but even better since you can make them in your own home.
They beg to be played with. I think dried cherries would be delicious and dates would be tasty too. For the nuts, cashews might be an interesting option. I’m sure you could swap out nut butters, but I really like the almond butter in this one. I actually made my own almond butter. I used this recipe as my inspiration, but I just used plain roasted almonds and salt. Ashley’s other nut butters are delicious though – you should check them out.
Maybe some chunks of chocolate would be welcomed? Hmmm…
I have found it’s hard to eat just one of these. However, I’m always completely satisfied after two. They are full of satiating ingredients and do a great job of taming my sweet tooth and my growling stomach.
These treats are a great afternoon snack or a healthy dessert. They taste even better after a hard workout, but I won’t hold it against you if you eat one for breakfast or just because.
Coconut Cranberry Pecan Balls
from Clean Food by Terry Waters
Makes 20-24 balls
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
1 1/2 cups toasted pecans
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
To toast the pecans, you can either put them in a dry skillet on the stovetop on medium low heat until fragrant or pop them in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. I suggest toasting a few extras for your oatmeal in the morning – it’s awesome.
Place the coconut in a small bowl and set aside.
Add all of the other ingredients to a food processor and process to form a stiff paste. Taking a heaping tablespoon of dough at a time, form into balls with your hands and roll in the coconut. Store in an airtight container.
I kept them in the fridge for more than a week and they’re still good!
Oh, and they’re vegan! Shhh….