Check out the not-so-clean ingredients in the Apple Cinnamon Power Bar below:
Making Homemade Energy BallsThe ingredients in my Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls are pretty straightforward, the only one you may not be familiar with is the maca, which is basically a superfood for energy and hormonal balance. You can pick Maca up at just about any natural foods store. I prefer gelatinized maca because the gelatinization process improves digestion and concentrates the active micronutrients within the maca. My favorite brand is Vega Maca. My friend Melissa over at My Whole Food Life also makes delicious energy bars with Maca. Check out one of her recipes HERE. I’m also crazy for Super Food Living’s Maca Superfood Energy Bars too! Here’s how to make my energy balls…
Homemade Apple Pie Energy Balls with Maca
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 20 1x
- 1 organic apple (chopped (note: I like to keep the skins on for extra fiber))
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup chia seeds (I like Salba chia)
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons gelatinized maca (such as Vega brand)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- Pinch or two of unrefined sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place all ingredients in a food processor. Process until well blended.
- Spread the mixture out evenly in a 9-inch pie dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes. Use a tablespoon to scoop mixture into balls and use your hands to smooth and shape. Place the energy balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and transfer to the freezer for 1 hour before eating. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
I make all of my whole grains, such as the quinoa in this recipe, in a rice cooker. However, if you don’t have time to make quinoa, you can always pick up frozen quinoa from your natural foods store to save time.