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Pecan Power Balls

One of the biggest challenges with nutrition and hitting your goals is snacking. It is really difficult to always plan ahead and to have nutritionally sound snacks on check for when that 3 p.m. slump hits at the office, or when you simply don’t have the time to get home before the gym after work AND make a healthy snack. Most people recommend easy to carry snacks such as whey protein powder or protein bars, but in general I have a small problem with both.

  1. Whey protein makes many people (myself included) get a stomach ache. This is not really conducive to repeated use, not to mention how most of them taste pretty terrible.
  2. Many protein bars are nothing more than a glorified candy bar. In a way, Snickers is the original “protein bar” of today.
  3. Both are crazy expensive if you choose quality sources! It basically leaves you with two choices: break the bank, or break your health. Tough call.

Fortunately, there are awesome recipes out there like these which make snacking easy and stress free. I found this recipe in the cookbook, A Good Food Day, written by chef Marco Canora, and they really are truly delicious. Make a batch on Sunday and you’re good for the week.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp ground pecans
  • ¼ C finely chopped pecans
  • ¼ C ground flaxseed
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter (peanut butter would work, but would slightly change nutrition)
  • 1 pinch of salt

Steps:

  1. Combine the ground pecans, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond butter, and salt in a large bowl. Mix with a rubber spatula until you have a homogenous mixture, and then refrigerate around 15 minutes, or until the dough is set but still workable.
  2. Spread out the chopped pecans on a sheet tray or large plate, and set aside. Wet your hands (or use latex gloves) and roll about 1 large teaspoon of the dough into a ball, and then through the chopped pecans, to coat. Continue rolling the dough into balls and through the pecans until finished. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week.

These really, somehow, taste like dark chocolate truffles. I don’t know how that is given that there is no chocolate in the recipe, but it is the truth. Plus, they are packed with heart healthy omega 3’s and a host of crucial vitamins and minerals.

 

Nutrition: Whole Batch

  • Calories: 1,080
  • Carbohydrates: 74g
  • Protein: 19g
  • Fat: 88g

 

 

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