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Energy Ball Recipe

The following recipe is an anti-inflammatory, low glycemic index, health-promoting snack. It takes around 30 minutes to prepare around 30-40 balls. This healthy snack can be eaten “on-the-go” and will stay fresh for several days at room temperature or can be stored in the fridge safely for several weeks.

The exact ingredients and proportions can be modified to suit your tastes. We recommend using a variety of fruits and nuts in different combinations and using organic ingredients whenever possible. Simply mix the ingredients in a food processor, and then form into golf-ball sized balls, and set on a plate or wax paper. After a few minutes, they will solidify a bit more and can be stored.

  • About 6 pitted large medjool or other type of dates
  • About 1 tablespoon raw, unfiltered honey
  • About 1 cup of “Dr. Rick’s Mix” (see recipe below)*
  • About 3 tablespoons of dried fruit (blueberries, goji berries, cherries, figs, etc)
  • About 1/2 cup raw, unsalted nuts or nut butters (peanut, pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc)
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: pinch of sea salt
  • Optional: 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • Optional: dried coconut flakes
  • Optional: cayenne pepper to taste

*To make “Dr. Rick’s Mix”, combine the following ingredients in an airtight container for optimal storage: roughly equal parts raw organic pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and whey protein powder. We recommend BioPure Protein by Metagenics (available at our office) because it is a bioactive, pure product containing naturally occurring immunoglobulins. It is not a protein isolate and is minimally processed, so it contains more active (and less denatured/inactive) proteins. Vegans may choose a suitable vegan substitute. Note that combining pineapple with protein powder will denature the protein to some degree, so we recommend only using pineapple occasionally for this recipe. You may also choose to add some traditional steel cut oatmeal (not instant) if you prefer the taste and texture and desire some additional fiber.

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