Energy Food: Peanut Butter Coconut Balls

Since we’re both training for a marathon/half marathon in June, energy food is something we like to keep around. This protein-packed recipe is something I made up, but there are many similar recipes out there. Wyatt absolutely loves these, and when they are on hand he eats them in the morning on his way to work, at lunch, as a quick snack before a run,  after a run…come to think of it, he doesn’t really need much of an excuse to eat these. He just does. Anytime they’re around. Until they are completely gone. (Glutton!)

I don’t really have any sort of exact measurement for these ingredients, so I’m just guesstimating. Feel free to add new ingredients once you get sense of the taste and texture you’re going for.  Everything below gets thrown into your food processor:

Peanut Butter Coconut Balls:

1/2 cup peanut butter (we use the Co-op Natural Foods’ peanut butter machine to get the freshly ground stuff, it seems to be the driest)

1-2 tsp. molasses

1/4 cup sunflower seeds or walnuts

1/4 cup dried coconut flakes (we buy the natural stuff since dried coconut has some weird chemical additives otherwise)

1/4-1/2 cup raisins

1 tbsp honey (optional)

a handful of dark chocolate chips (optional, Wyatt’s chocolate-fiending request)

a few tiny splashes of milk if the mixture seems too dry

Blend all ingredients in the food processor until smooth and well-mixed.

Scooping up a tbsp at a time, form the mixture into balls and coat with dried coconut.

These can be eaten right away, but I recommend refrigerating. They set up nicely and taste really good cold.

Quick, healthy, fresh, made from real ingredients, and YUMMY! What more could you ask for?

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3 responses to “Energy Food: Peanut Butter Coconut Balls

  1. Sounds so good! Gotta try them!

  2. Was telling my mom about this post, since she’s made a similar recipe since the 70s. She’s all, ‘You should make some for your trip.’

    Absolutely right. 🙂 Thanks for the idea! Whatever I can do to keep the kids off chips and crap from the gas stations we stop at.

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