Peanut Butter-Date Energy Balls

This easy snack recipe doubles down on the toasty flavor of the ancient grain amaranth by combining it with peanut butter and flaxseeds. Pitted dates hold it all together while adding extra fiber. Eat these as a snack, grab for a quick breakfast or serve as a healthier dessert.

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Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
32 balls

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups coarsely chopped pitted dates

  • ¾ cup puffed amaranth or brown rice cereal

  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter

  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed

  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Combine dates, cereal, peanut butter, flaxseed and salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped, 10 to 20 times, then process for about 1 minute, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the mixture is crumbly but can be pressed to form a cohesive ball.

  2. With wet hands (to prevent the mixture from sticking to them), squeeze about 1 tablespoon of the mixture tightly between your hands and roll into a ball. Place in a storage container. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

Tips

To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

75 Calories
3g Fat
10g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 75
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Added Sugars 0g 1%
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Vitamin A 1IU 0%
Folate 8mcg 2%
Sodium 31mg 1%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 18mg 4%
Potassium 109mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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