I’ve been trying to brainstorm some yummy new energy bar/ball recipes and this one kind of happened by accident… a real tasty accident! I set out to try and create a banana bread type bar and ended up with more of a chocolate & banana crunchy dessert ball. Totally worth it.
If you check out the recipe below, you’ll see banana chips on the ingredient list. They add a nice subtle flavor and crunch that takes these things to the next level. Not to mention, it pairs suuuuper well with the chocolate chips and sunflower butter. Eric and I keep munching on them like they’re cookies – ha! I’ve also got figs on the list. If you don’t have figs or prefer to keep it simple with only one squishy fruit, it’s totally fine to use only dates. You’ll have to add quite a few more since the figs offer a lot more stickiness than the dates. Just add 2-3 dates, pulse and then press the mix against the side of the blender to see how easily it packs together. If it’s too crumbly, just keep adding a few more. I’ve found some dates are stickier than others so the amount you use really just depends on how many you need to get the right consistency. Also, feel free to add uncooked quinoa, protein powder or whatever ingredients you want – these are really easy to customize!
Give these guys a try and let me know what you think! I love hearing about people trying out my recipes! :)
8 oz dried pitted dates (about 2 cups give or take)
6 dried figs (or you can just add more dates… the figs add a nice flavor)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sunflower butter (can sub fav nut butter)
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup banana chips
pinch of pumpkin pie spices (ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger)
1 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes (for topping)
Place all ingredients except walnuts and chocolate chips in blender or food processor. Pulse until everything is in tiny bits and mixture is easily packed into a lil ball by hand. If it’s too crumbly, try adding more figs or dates until you get the right consistency. Next, add walnuts & choc chips and pulse a few times to incorporate. Use your hands to form into balls and gently roll in coconut flakes. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!