Real food snacks that don't suck: Introducing FAT BALLS

Today I actually remembered to take a few photos (of very poor quality and visual appeal) of one of my favorite things to make:  


This is a fave recipe around here because it's the perfect thing to have in the fridge for when you need a little somethin' sweet at around 7pm....(not that I know that feeling or anything)....but I also throw these in my kids' lunches for something really nutrient-dense for them to have at school.
Note: You have to pay attention to what nuts/seeds you are using if you're going to send them to school as most schools have restrictions on the types of nuts that are allowed. This year both of my kids' schools are peanut free, but otherwise we can go nuts. (I just can't help myself.) 



This recipe is so easy to customize! Add other flavors, omit the cacao and/or peppermint, or make them as-is for a little mint chocolate action. All you need for this recipe is a food processor. Everything gets dumped in, chopped and pulsed, then rolled into balls and stuck in the refrigerator to firm up. Easy peasy! You literally CANNOT screw them up: If the consistency is too oily, just add some more coconut flour (a little at a time as this is very drying.) If the "dough" seems too dry, then put in some more coconut oil until it feels greasy but holds together in a ball shape when you roll it. Voila!

1 heaping cup of pecans (or other nut / seed of your choice)
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (or other of your choice)
Pinch of good salt
About 14 pitted medjool dates
2 HEAPING spoonfuls of coconut oil
1 scoop of collagen peptides (optional)
1 tablespoon of coconut flour
1 heaping tablespoon of raw cacao (optional but when is chocolate really optional?)
2 drops of peppermint essential oil (optional but this will taste like a thin mint cookie)

  1. Run all nuts / seeds and salt in the food processor until they are pretty finely chopped. It is easier to break them down before adding the sticky dates.
  2. Next, put in the dates and coconut oil in the food processor with the nuts and seeds and pulse that a few times to combine.
  3. Lastly, add remaining ingredients and then run the food processor while pulsing every once in a while until the "dough" looks very well incorporated and there are no big chunks of anything that isn't mixed in. Now roll into balls and pop them in the fridge until they firm up! You're done. That's it, folks. Keep in the fridge for the 5 minutes it takes for your family to eat them all.

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