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Cookie, schmookie. These energy balls have what it takes to perk you up

We went to a wedding a couple of weekends ago in Brighton. It was so beautiful, and the ceremony was perfect and the band was killer and my husband even pulled out some breakdancing moves, which had me in both awe and panic. I learned a very important lesson on that weekend and I’m going to share it with you so you can benefit from our own adventures in parenting.

Disclaimer: I love my kid SO MUCH, and he is amazing, and I am so glad he got to come and be with our friends and have fun, BUT – if I had to do it all over again, I would have left him with one of his Grandmas. Why? He. Did. Not. Stop. Moving.

While eating dinner during one of our wedding weekend meals, our good friend said to me – as her kids sat peacefully eating their food – “that is one of the most active kids I have ever met” as Cedar bobbed and skidded through the room with who-knows-what smushed in his hands. I realized then how used to it Brian and I are, and also how completely exhausted we are most of the time.

I get it: he’s two. He’s a boy. He’s curious about everything. This stage will pass. Won’t it?

We bought him his first scooter this week and he insisted on taking all of his clothes off to ride it up and down the street.

See? My kid’s hardcore.

In all the tiredness, I made up a new recipe. This is my salute to all those women out there who say that “juggling” is easy and are taking over the world AND raising children, because I thought I would be able to swing both, but it turns out that all I have the energy for these days is making oat and nut balls in the Cuisinart.

Now, these are incredibly delicious oat and nut balls, and they are intended as a superfood for the whole family. I need snacks to keep me going, and this constitutes a great high-protein snack with healthy fats.

These would also be great for a road trip after you’ve dropped your kid at his or her grandparent’s house for the night and are headed to a friend’s wedding.

Energy Ball Pick-Me-Ups

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup pitted dates

½ cup almond butter

1/3 cup coconut oil

¼ cup milled flax seed

½ tsp sea salt

 

How to do it:

I opted to toast my nuts/coconut/oats because I like the flavour better, but you can also leave raw.

To toast: bake at 350F for 20 minutes, but only toast the coconut for the last 10 minutes or it will burn.

In a food processor, blend the dates into a paste, then add the almond butter and coconut oil. Add all of the other ingredients and blend until everything is chopped up. Shape into balls, or whatever shape you want. I did some patties too. I guess I’m just used to making cookie shapes. Wonder why…

Place on a tray, cover it up, and put in the fridge until the balls harden (about 1 hr). Then, enjoy!

 

Previously on Cravings, Eden’s dishing on her favourite kind of soul food.

Eden Hertzog is the Baker Babe and mom behind New Moon Kitchen. Find more delicious and healthy recipes at her blog.

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