I love sweets. Growing up in our house, we always had homemade cookies in the cookie jar and then a cache of store-bought treats. There was none of this once a day treats, it was little bites here and there all day long. When I stopped eating processed foods, my sense of taste got sharper and store-bought treats and many baked goods just tasted too sickeningly sweet. It doesn’t mean I don’t like sweet treats, but most of them just don’t taste good.
This recipes has become our go-to in our house for a sweet treat. Many people on the internet call these energy balls, but who are we kidding? I mean, I could call them energy balls and then maybe it justifies you eating them, but you shouldn’t be pounding these before you workout. These are much better savored with a cup of coffee or even a glass of wine. And G loves them. G2 won’t try them because they are ball-shaped and let’s be honest, because she’s two. I am kinda glad she is not into them. With three of us loving them, I have to keep making them quite often.
I recommend Medjool dates for these balls. Medjools are in season right now and you can find in most stores. They are a little pricey, but I think they are worth it.
I based the recipe on a go-to recipe from Detoxinista that I have been tinkering with for years. She really deserves the credit for how these come together, I just changed the flavors.
These little cookie balls are the perfect way to get in your pumpkin pie spice for the season without too much guilt. And I guess if you really want to call them energy balls, then so be it. I’ll only judge you a little.