15.3.12

Carrot-Date Energy Ballz






















Right now in the valley of the sun it smells sickly sweet like orange blossom heaven. It only last for a few short days when the dozens of orange trees that line so many streets here in Arizona start to bloom. The petite white flowers make me swoon as I drive home from work taking in deep breaths of the fragrant, cool March air. Add that to the brilliant multi colored desert sunsets behind the darkening mountains that surround us here and I am in euphoria.






It makes me miss one of my closest and dearest friends, Becky. She went to school with me here in Phoenix many, many years   not to long ago and the blooming orange trees were one of her most favorite things. She moved back to her home town of Indianapolis shortly after we graduated but she keeps coming back here to visit me as often as life permits...... usually around orange blossom season. I so do wish I could bottle up natures most perfect fragrance for her.




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I'm glad that this no-cook, no-fuss sweet and healthy snack that I'm going to share with you has orange zest in the ingredient list, otherwise my little story would seem superfluous, because I always have a well thought out point to my ramblings and didn't want to throw you all off......  errrr.


I just love healthy grab-and-go snacks, especially when they take all of 10 minutes to throw together. I cringe when I see people with all of the boxed, processed "health" snacks in their carts and wonder if they really believe that they are healthy and convenient.

I found this recipe on Skinny Jeans Food and was pleasantly surprised at how amazing these little snacks were. I was a bit skeptical about the raw oat thing but they turned out to be one of our new favorite snacks. Sweet, simple and the orange zest really made the flavors POP.







Eight ingredients, THAT'S IT!




Using a food processor to finely shred your carrots is key to getting the ballz to stick together.



Chia Seeds are an excellent source of fiber, fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants. They are also the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids among non-marine whole food items





I used barley oats instead of regular oats because they were in my freezer but after doing some research it seems that barley oats are higher in {nutritional} calories and a bit lower in fiber and protein than regular oats. So unless someone knows of a good reason other than to help your teenage wrestling champion put on some weight than I'm going to stick with regular whole oats next time.





Grind the oats to a fine consistency in your food processor.






Silvia at Skinny Jeans Foods named these wonderful goodies Amaze Ballz  and  fittingly so. I enjoyed them at work for an afternoon pick me up and just two of them kept me satisfied until dinner.  I brought a couple with me hiking for an energy boost and packed them in kids lunch boxes for a fun surprise.





Skinny Foods site is dedicated to single serving portions for those of you without an army to feed. I obviously had to double this recipe. They didn't last long between school snacks and me grabbing a couple every day to take with me on my adventures. Next time I will make even more as they keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Amaze Ballz

1/2 cup rolled oats
5 medjool dates (the organic ones at whole foods are amazing!)
7 walnut halves, chopped
1 TB chia seeds
zest of one orange
1/2 TB maple syrup
1/2 ts vanilla extract
1 carrot, grated

Pour the rolled oats in the food processor and chop until finely ground. Remove the pit of the medjool dates, and chop them with a knife. Add piece by piece to the ground oatmeal flour (so that they distribute better). Process long enough that the mix starts to get sticky. Now add the remaining ingredients, and processes until the mix comes together (quite a sticky dough). Take small portions and roll them between your hands in a ball like shape. Store in the fridge! Enjoy!

1 amazeball: 54kcal











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15 comments:

  1. I'm a new convert to chia seeds. Love them. I agree - I'd much rather make my own snack than grab anything from the snack food aisle.

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  2. I really need to experience orange blossom blooms one of these years...it sounds like an amazing experience! And these little balls sound so tasty! Almsot like larabars but in spherical form.

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  3. I've never had a lara bar. I bet it's cheaper to make your own tho! ;)

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  4. jacquie3/23/2012

    your post reminded me of the smell of the "mock" orange bush that was down at my great aunts camp & boy did that bring back sweet memories! wonder if that bush would grow out in your area? they are in bloom for most of the summer here.

    any idea what the protein content of the balls is?

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    1. Not exactly but walnuts and Chia seeds are excellent sources of protein.

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  5. Callen3/26/2012

    These are excellent. My fiance and I devoured them on a two hour road trip. So much better than junk food.

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  6. these sound so good! they would be so lovely to take on the go, or eat before a long workout. thanks for the idea!

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  7. Barefootbysea3/28/2012

    YUM! I love dates and carrots - what a delicious snack!

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  8. Glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for the feedback!

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  9. Janice4/07/2012

    I love those ingredients, overall they are great and healthy. Actually, I haven't tried them so I guess I've to check all the ingredients and will try that out. I'm pretty sure that is absolutely a great snack. :)


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  10. Look at all of the goodies in there...delightful treat!

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  11. I could use some of these for maintenance. Fairly good diet.

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  12. Hi Gwen! I found your site when you left a comment on one of my posts today. I'm so happy to find all these healthy snacks and other recipes! Thanks for stopping by and now I'm off to pin a few goodies from here ;)
    Alissa

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  13. So smart and easy! I will make them this week!

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  14. So smart and easy! I will make them this week!

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