The Recipe Box: Rosa's Date Balls

Over the last few years these power balls have been my signature snack and they never get old. My favorite part is that I can change up the nut butter or fruit and end up with completely different flavors if I get bored of my staple: almond butter, slivered almonds, and cranberries.

Today's Recipe: Rosa's Date Balls

Yield: 10-15 Date Balls

Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

- 10 pitted dates

- 1 Tbs honey

- 2 Tbs nut/seed butter

- 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts

- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

- 1 Tbs chia seeds

- 1/2 cup dried fruit

- 2 tablespoons cacao chips or chocolate chips

- 1 large egg

- Here’s the fun part: you can choose new nut/seed butter and dried fruit to mix these up each time you make them. Play around with different combo’s. A word of caution: check your dried fruit to see if it has added sugar. Find options that do not have added sugar and stick with those.

Preparation:

Preheat over to 250 degrees. In a food processor or blender, add dates and turn on high. Once dates turn to small pieces, drizzle in honey. This will make a paste. Combine your date paste and remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. The mixture will be wet, so form into golf-ball-sized balls and place onto a coconut greased pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

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Rosa Coletto is a personal trainer and founder of Full Circle fitness, a fitness center that seeks to provide clients with a personalized fitness experience. For more information about Rosa or Full Circle Fitness, please visit their website at http://www.fcfitness.com/.

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