I have to warn you, these things are like crack! Sooo delicious. My friend David modified a little bit by adding coffee to his for a little caffeine boost mid-run. I'm going to give that a try on my next batch.
If you have trouble with the link, the full recipe from Daily Garnish is below:
Ingredients (12-14 balls)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
- 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
- 12 pitted dates, chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup water (you might not need quite this much!)
- zest of one orange
- pinch of salt
- extra coconut for rolling (optional)
Honestly, it doesn’t get much more simple than this. Make sure your dates are pitted, and then chop them into bite sized pieces.
Add dates, oats, coconut, vanilla, salt, and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) to a food processor. Zest one orange over top of the food processor, and then let it spin. The mixture will be dry and crumbly – let it process for a minute just to break down some of the bigger ingredients.
Slowly add about 1/4 cup of water – add just until the mixture becomes wet and a bit sticky. Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll into balls. They will have a bit of stickiness to them, so I like to roll them in dried coconut to help prevent them from sticking together.
These can be eaten at room temp, but I prefer them cooled in the refrigerator. Pack for snacks, hikes, bike rides, or any other long day where you might need a quick boost.