These little bite-sized balls are a play on the energy-bars that I have posted about earlier.
They make a great lunch-box or post-workout snack, and taste great with no additives or non-paleo ingredients. And the best part is that they are so simple to make.
Because these contain nuts and chia seeds, they are an AIP stage 2 reintroduction. When reintroducing foods on the AIP, I recommend this guide.
Apricot and Date Energy Balls
makes 24 walnut sized balls
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried pitted dates
3/4 cup dried slivered almonds
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp bee pollen (optional) – we buy this from Buzz Honey
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it comes together as a paste. You do not want to work the mixture so finely that the almonds turn to butter though or they will be very greasy. Ideally, there should still be some small pieces of almond visible.
Roll the mixture into small walnut sized balls and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
The bee pollen is totally optional – it is supposed to increase your energy levels and contains many beneficial enzymes and nutrients, but these balls will be just as good if you leave it out. And if you are allergic to pollen or bees in any way, I really would not recommend that you use it.