One of my favorite quick snacks to have on hand: any kind of date/nut balls! I'm always coming up with new varieties. Just throw the ingredients in the food processor and you're ready to go. I like these Chocolate Sweet Potato Balls because they sneak in a vegetable, and you'd never know. The sweet potato adds a nice sweetness and moisture. And again, more chocolate flavor in a healthy way. I'll add some to my breakfast or grab a few before heading out to the gym.
- 1 1/4 cup medjool dates
- 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Top with a mix of shredded coconut and cacao powder. Store in the refrigerator.
Makes 12-14 balls.
98 calories each
Fat: 6g Sat fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 9g Sodium 35 mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 3g
Melissa Odorisio, MS, RD, LD/N, CNSC is a TGH dietitian. You can find more of her vegetarian recipes at TGH Health News or more recipes on her blog, Garden Goddess Kitchen.