Whether it’s your first or last trimester, growing a human, long days, and swollen feet can zap your energy. So many things wear us down and leave us looking for a boost. If your schedule is anything like mine, you find yourself short on time and it’s just easier to reach for the quick-but-not-so-healthy pick me up.
So what’s a person to do?
I know what this doula does (besides drink coffee). I make balls of energy.
Yup, with just seven simple ingredients and a food processor… zip, zap, zoom… a healthy, storable, easily transportable energy boost! (if they last that long)
I love this recipe from FitFoodieFinds.
Peanut Butter Energy Balls
1 cup pitted medjool dates (~15)
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup peanut butter, drippy
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
optional: melted dark chocolate
Place rolled oats in a high speed food processor and process on high for about a minute until you’ve formed oat flour. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and process for another 1 to 2 minutes until your dough is formed. It should look and feel like cookie dough. Using a 1 tablespoon scooper, scoop out dough and then roll between your palms to form your balls. Sprinkle with some sea salt and an optional drizzle of melted dark chocolate.
Storage: For best results, lay balls on a cookie sheet and place into the freezer for 2 hours. Then, transfer into a gallon-size freezer-safe bag and store in the freezer.
My favorite part (besides eating them) is that they can be stored in the freezer. You can pull them right out and munch away, or if you leave them sit for about a minute (darn near impossible) they soften to the perfect consistency. They are the perfect compliment to that mid-morning cup of coffee, or anytime really. Perfect for the on-the-go parent, or the perfect recipe for your postpartum doula to make while you are snuggling your little one.
That’s a lot of perfection…and energy.
By: Lois Perks