Blondie Power Balls


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These Blondie Power Balls are easy to make, no-bake balls that serve as a delicious "busy day" energy boost. These balls are jam-packed with a wide array of nutrition-loaded ingredients like raw cashews, hemp seeds, almond butter, dried mulberries, Brazil nuts and more. And bonus, they taste like a treat with their chewy, dense, nutty-sweet "blondie" vanilla bean flavor. (Chocolate chips, totally optional.)

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These turned out exactly as I had hoped! I am in love with the sweet, nutty, vanilla bean flavor. Love the chewy and smooth, yet nutty, texture. You can really taste the complex flavors in these little, lovely bites!



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Now, let's talk about today's recipe: Blondie Power Balls.



After a bit of brainstorming for this recipe, I went all in with blondie flavors. These absolutely taste like nutty cookie dough or blondie bars. With creamy cashews, rich vanilla bean and cravable almond butter - and more.

These are sooooo good! You will love having them in your fridge or freezer whenever a snack attack arises.









..watch me make these little gems with a bonus video at the bottom of this post!

How to Store These Balls. Freezer storage will keep them good for a few weeks. When stored in the fridge, they will store with a slightly softer texture and keep for about a week. After that they tend to dry out too much and would need to be moved to the freezer to preserve freshness and flavor a bit longer.

Blondie Flavor.
These balls have the flavor of vanilla bean and nut butter with natural sweetness from mulberries, agave and coconut. If you want, you can fold in some vegan chocolate chips for a chocolate-y flavor boost that tastes a lot like vegan chocolate chip cookie dough. You could also add in cinnamon and/or cayenne for a spiced accent.





Power Balls: Nutrition

- Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium...
- Hemp seeds contain healthy fats and plant protein... I love their buttery soft texture.
- Raw cashews are a good source of magnesium, iron, healthy fats...
- Almond butter contains, folate, copper, magnesium, iron, B vitamins, protein..
- Coconut flakes are rich in fiber.. they add a lovely texture!
- Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, protein, magnesium, iron.. I love the spicy flavor I used by Eden. they make a yummy snack all on their own!
- Dried mulberries add natural sweetness and chewy texture. Think of them as a nutrient-dense alternative to raisins.

...basically I had to add the "dot dot dots" because all these ingredients are packed with a wide array of vitamins and minerals and more all natural good stuff.

Plant Power. If you are looking to add more nuts and seeds to your diet, these are the perfect snack for you!



Real Vanilla Bean. If you want to make these balls extra dreamy, definitely try making them with real vanilla bean. You can either use this pure vanilla powder like I did (it smells amazing.) Or try scraping the seeds from a vanilla pod. (Vanilla extract will also work, but I like the results from real vanilla bean a bit more.)

How Sweet Do You Want Them? I made a few versions of these. And the main tweak I made was the agave syrup. If you want a truly "sweet treat" flavor, add in 3-4 Tbsp agave syrup. If you want minimal sweetness, add in 0-2 Tbsp agave syrup. I say zero because, yes the agave is actually optional. If you omit the agave and your balls are feeling a bit too dry you can add a splash (1-2 Tbsp) of water or melted coconut oil - as a liquid sub. If going for the sweet treat flavor, you could also use maple syrup in place of the agave.

Basically, the cool thing about these power balls is that you can absolutely feel free to tweak the ingredients a bit. Instead of Brazil nuts, use almonds. Instead of almond butter, try peanut or cashew butter. Instead of pumpkin seeds, add more hemp seeds. Feel free to get a little creative with these balls and make them your own!

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Blondie Power Balls

Kathy Patalsky
Published 01/19/2018
Blondie Power Balls
These delicious, healthy protein power balls are loaded with blondie flavor from nuts, seeds and vanilla bean. These balls are the perfect afternoon or pre-workout snack.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pour the mulberries in a medium bowl and fill with hot water. Allow to soak for about ten minutes. To speed up the softening process, you could microwave for about 10-30 seconds, this is optional though. Set aside while softening.
  2. Add the cashews, Brazil nuts, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds to a high speed blender or food processor. Pulse until the nuts turn to a fine to crumbly powder. It is ok if there are still a few larger chunks, but the majority of the ingredients will now be a powder.
  3. Pour the nut and seed powder into a large mixing bowl. Add in the vanilla bean, salt, 1/4 cup coconut and optional cinnamon. set aside.
  4. Drain the water from your mulberries. They should be soft and moist now, but not overly soggy. Place them in a blender or food processor along with the almond butter and agave syrup. Blend until smooth. You will need to stop and scrape down the sides a bit while blending. Tip: If your nut butter was a bit dry, or if you are having trouble blending this mixture, add in 2 Tbsp melted virgin coconut oil. You can also add in 1-2 Tbsp warm water to help loosen things up. But if you soaked your mulberries long enough, they should blend pretty easily.
  5. Scrape the mulberry almond butter mixture into the large mixing bowl. fold everything together. From here, you can choose to add in another 2-4 Tbsp shredded coconut if you want a bit more binding power and texture. You can also choose to add in the vegan chocolate chips. When ready, your mixture should resemble a textures cookie dough.
  6. Place the mixture into the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  7. Pull the mixture from the freezer and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. roll the mixture into balls, getting about 12-16 balls out of the bowl, depending on how large you roll them. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for another ten minutes. After ten minutes you can serve them and store the leftovers.
  8. Storage: Freezing is the optimal way to store these balls. Place the balls in freezer-friendly baggies and store for up to a month. For best flavor, consume within a few weeks. Fridge: You can also store the balls in the fridge for a softer grab-n-eat texture. Balls will keep up to a week in the fridge before they start to dry out a bit and lose their moisture and full flavor.
Yield: 16 balls
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 25 mins.

Nutrition


  • Calories: 153
  • Fat: 9g
  • Totalcarbs: 13g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Dietaryfiber: 31g

Tags: power balls, snack,vegan,dessert,nuts,seeds,truffles,blondies,paleo, coconut



Bonus video: Watch me make these Blondie Power Balls...


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