Pumpkin Seed Coconut Energy Balls

I love energy balls. They are quick and easy on-the-go snack that I can pack in some nutrition. My kids love them which is a double win. I usually batch up a bunch of balls each week and stick them the fridge for those snack attacks. I wanted to develop a recipe that didn’t include ANY kind of sugar (natural) or dried fruit (including dates).

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Pumpkin seeds contains  8.5 grams of protein per handful. Pumpkin seeds include vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, phosphorus, fat, carbohydrates and protein. They also include magnesium, manganese, zinc, potassium and copper. Pepitas are a great source of zinc, a mineral that supports healthy immune function and is necessary for normal taste and smell.  Here are 11 more health benefits of pumpkin seeds. Talk about super seeds!

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Pumpkin Seed Coconut Energy Balls
Makes around 10 balls

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raw almond butter (no sugar added)

1/4 cup raw pepitas (i.e. shelled pumpkin seeds)

1/4 cup + 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tbsp hemp hearts

1 tsp organic non-alcohol vanilla extract

2 tbsp canned coconut milk

2 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Reserve 1tbsp of shredded coconut.
  2. Combine the first 8 ingredients (almond butter, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, coconut flour, cinnamon, hemp heart, vanilla extract and coconut milk) in a food processor and pulse till combined. Should resemble a crumbly dough-like mixture.
  3. Melt the coconut oil. Add to food processor and pulse again till combined. Should hold together when pressed.
  4. Scoop mixture (roughly 1 tsp per ball) and roll into balls. Roll ball in reserved shredded coconut to coat.
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Enjoy a few balls (3-4) as a snack or pack to-go. 
  6. Store in refrigerator for up to a week or freeze and thaw when needed.

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