Thursday, August 26, 2010

Snack Balls (These need a new name!)

Snack balls are one of my best creations yet. Four balls carried my training partner and I through our long training walks for the 3-day.  These can also be made into bars but I like the balls because they get crunchy on the outside and stay soft on the inside. I always make a large batch and freeze them.

Please help me rename these delightful snacks!!!! Snack Balls just doesn't do it justice.

2 cups cooked and pureed chick peas (You may need to add a few tablespoons of water when pureeing the chickpeas to get a smooth consistency)
12 oz plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup raw almond butter
4 tsp vanilla extract
4 tsp almond extract
1 cup shredded unsweetened and reduced fat coconut (a steam process if used to reduce the fat. This can be found at Whole Foods)
1 egg
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup flax seed meal
1 1/2 cup millet
1 cup oat bran
1/2 cup barley malt
1/2 cup yellow raisins, 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries, and 5 dried dates  chopped (to keep them moist during baking soak in hot water before adding to the recipe)
1/2 cup unsweetened carob chips
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 - 1/2  cup sunflower seeds (add or subtract based on taste)

  1. Combine chickpeas, yogurt, barley malt, and extracts and blend
  2. Add egg and blend
  3. Add coconut, oats, flax seed meal and blend
  4. Add millet and oat bran and blend
  5. Add dried fruits and carob and blend
  6. Batter should hold together while not being too crumbly
  7. Spoon out small amounts and roll into balls
  8. Roll balls into any of the following: unsweetened cocoa, unsweetened coconut, raw sliced almonds, sesame seeds (My favorites are coconut and cocoa)
  9. Place balls on parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  10. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Turn off oven and leave in to crisp
  11. This can also be baked into bars by using a glass Pyrex dish and lining it with parchment paper and spreading dough out. On top you can rake raw almond butter or peanut butter to add an interesting consistency. The balls are a super nutritious snack for kids and offer a much larger nutritional punch than the average packaged granola bar.

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