Since my little sugar cleanse I have been really trying to stay off hardcore sweets like cookies, cake, ice cream, brownies, cupcakes, candy bars, etc. I have also really tried to stay off bread, chips, tortillas, and stick to brown rice, quinoa, and raw old fashioned oats for carbs.
These little balls satisfy my sweet craving without the guilt and without me turning into a zombie. Seriously yesterday I had a tiny cupcake and I about passed out.
What's also nice about these little oat balls, energy balls, or "laraballs" is that they are pretty versatile. You can add and take away ingredients to your own liking. The dates, oats, and honey are the main three ingredients after that you can add dried fruit, cocoa pwdr, coconut, nuts, nut butters, seeds, spices, anything!
Here are the most recent ones I made:
PB Oat Date Balls
1 c old fashioned oats (i pulsed them in my blender a bit)
1/3 c warmed honey (local is best)
1 c chopped dates (medjool are stickiest but Sunsweet works)
2 tb chia seeds
1 tb milled flax
1/4 c toasted unsweetened coconut
1/4 c toasted finely chopped pecans
1/4 c toasted finely chopped almonds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tb cocoa
1/2 c peanut butter
chopped toasted nuts for rolling. i used pecan and almond
Mix all ingredients in bowl then with oiled hands shape into 1" balls and roll in nuts.
Makes about 2 dozen so go ahead and eat a couple...or 20 :)