#8: POWER NUGGZ

Some call them energy balls. Others call them fat balls. We call them POWER NUGGZ! These tasty nuggets are full of texture, flavor and nutrition. They are an excellent source of healthy, essential fats that work to reduce inflammation. They have a lot of fiber, are extremely low in sugar and carbs and they pack a boost of antioxidants from the raw cacao. Follow this recipe and keep them in the freezer so you always have a healthy snack on hand.

Here's a tip on buying peanut butter - READ THE LABEL! You may be thinking, what am I looking for on the label? Isn't it just peanuts? Well, some of them contain just peanuts and that would be a good choice. Other great options are brands that have peanuts and sea salt. The only other acceptable ingredient would be palm oil. If there are more than 3 ingredients, step away from the PB. Some good brands use cane sugar which is not the end of the world but this is one place where you can reduce your sugar intake. BEWARE of nut butters or any other products that contain hydrogenated oils. These are toxic, can cause leaky gut and do not belong in our bodies - EVER. If you have a jar of Jif in your cupboard, toss it and invest in better peanut butter - your body will thank you later!

We try to make our recipes easy breezy so you don't have to be a 5 star chef to recreate them. This one is a little bit more labor intensive and your hands will get covered in the peanut butter. We recommend licking your fingers when done! In the end, you and your family will have an energizing snack that will get you through the work day, up the rest of the hiking trail or ready for spin class.  

Note, some health advocates and Paleo proponents do not recommend eating peanut butter due to it's high mold content. If you are working on gut or inflammation issues right now, try almond butter until you heal and seal your gut. Almond butter works very well in this recipe. 

INGREDIENTS

2 C Shredded Coconut

1/2 C Unsweetened Cherries or other dried fruit

1/4 C Ground Flax Meal

3 Tbs Flax Seeds

3 Tbs Raw Cacao Nibs or Dark Chocolate Mini Chips

3/4 C Peanut Butter or Almond Butter - go for the thicker style PB as some of the organic ones can have a liquid consistency and those will not work as well. 

DIRECTIONS

  • Spread the shredded coconut on a cookie sheet or a toaster oven pan. Place in the toaster oven on a medium toast setting. Keep your eyes on it at all times as it will brown very quickly. Once the top layer is a golden color, mix and toast again until all or most of the coconut is toasted. Place in a metal bowl and allow to cool in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and use your hands to combine. You will have to work the peanut butter into the dry mixture. 
  • Using one hand, take a small handful of the mixture, squeeze tight and work it into a ball. NOTE - if it does not easily stick together and form a ball, just add more peanut butter. Set on a plate a repeat until you have about 12 Nuggz.
  • Place the Nuggz in the freezer for an hour and then divide into individual plastic bags or store in a tupperware. It is best to eat them frozen or cold. 

All ingredients used here are organic. Try to use non-GMO and organic products whenever possible. Enjoy!