A Post Workout Snack: Cashew, Cocoa & Coconut Energy Balls (dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan)

Energy balls: the perfectly packaged snack. If you've tried my favorite snack bite (Chocolate Covered Strawberry Energy Squares), then I think you'll love this one too. These are rich, gooey and full of awesome post-workout nutrients like protein, healthy fats, and important nutrients like magnesium and potassium. 

 

Getting these essential nutrients through real, whole foods is the best way to replenish your body after exercise. The combination of ingredients provides just what the body needs after a tough workout: slow digesting healthy carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and nutrients to repair and replenish the body. 

 

SO, WHY ARE THESE SO GOOD POST-WORKOUT?

 

Cashews

// A source of magnesium which helps regulate nerve and muscle tone, and helps keep muscles relaxed. Insufficient magnesium can contribute to muscle cramps, tension soreness and fatigue.

// A source of plant-based protein, which is beneficial for muscle repair and growth. 

// A source of healthy fat, a sustainable source of energy for recovery. 

 

Dates

 //  A source of potassium, an electrolyte that supports muscle and nerve function. 

// A source of carbohydrate to replenish the body's energy + fuel stores. 

 

Coconut

// A source of healthy fat, a sustainable source of energy for recovery. 

 

Take these energy balls with you on the go for a quick and healthy snack after your workout this week! 

 

Coconut, Cocoa & Coconut Energy Balls

Yield: 18 bites

Total Time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups raw cashews

10 dates, pitted

¼ cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon coconut oil

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch sea salt

¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

 

Instructions:

  1. To a food processor add cashews. Pulse until the cashews are completely broken down. You don’t want any large chunks.

  2. Add dates and pulse until the mixture is combined. It should the consistency of rough sand.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients, reserving the shredded coconut.

  4. Process until the mixture sticks together like dough.

  5. Stir in shredded coconut.

  6. Form into 18 balls and store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

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