5 Minute Energy Balls


I’ve been finding my eating a lot of Lara bars and the sorts lately. Between nursing, training, and life–it’s just so much easier the grab a bar between meals than to prepare a homemade snack. From a health perspective, Lara bars are excellent. They usually contain just a couple ingredients–all of which are whole foods and free of animal products. However, eating Lara bars everyday can get pricey (not to mention the packaging and environmental aspect). While reading the ingredient list on a wrapper the other day, I began to feel guilty about not making my own. So, while Leif snoozed in his baby carrier on my chest, I went for it…

These make for a great pre-workout snack and they taste like chocolate chip cookie dough–I kid you not!


  • About 15 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 large handfuls walnuts
  • 1 handful cocoa nibs or vegan chocolate chips


  • Put nuts and dates in food processor and process unit it forms a sticky dough
  • Stir in cocoa nibs
  • Form into balls and place in covered container in fridge
  • Enjoy!

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