At the beginning of the summer we added another new member to our family, Hermione’s nanny/best friend/partner in crime, Merry. I cannot express enough how lucky we are to have her in our lives. Not only does she adore my baby girl, shower her with love and affection, read to her, play with her, and cuddle her but she is also a very talented vegan chef! This summer while the little nugget was sleeping we would have tons of conversations about food and health. I always found myself anxious to try what she was making herself for dinner!
One afternoon I saw Merry snacking on these delicious Hemp Truffles and asked if she would share the recipe on my blog. They are the perfect sweet bite, incredibly easy to make and loaded with energizing fuel. As a runner, Merry’s inspiration for this snack came from a desire to fuel her training:
I came up with the recipe because first and foremost, I am always trying to come up with yummy raw snacks. I also wanted it to be perfect because of training for running longer races. As my runs get longer and longer, I wanted to be able to tote along one or two of these to keep my energy up after 10 miles! I love dates as a source of carbs and potassium for those longer training runs. The types of snacks they sell for long distance runners are crap, so I wanted my own nutrient-dense, easy-to-eat energy bite while on the run (literally.) Sometimes you just need that little boost to avoid hitting the wall.
Merry’s Energy Balls
- 3/4 cup pitted dates
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 1/4 cup dried mulberries
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- sea salt to taste
- Add everything into the blender/food processor except for the hemp seeds
- Pulse or blend on low until ingredients are well mixed. It should be sticky enough to form into bite sized balls.
- Form tablespoon size balls and roll in hemp seeds. Makes approximately one dozen.