February 14th

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Medjool Date Power Balls

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As a new runner, I am on a mission to  find a way to support my exercise without drinking and eating processed and sugar laden energy packs and sports drinks.

What I have discovered is that I do need a pre-run, low Glycemic Index, nugget of a power snack.  Then, I discovered that these balls are the perfect thing to keep in my purse to perk me up from any 3 pm slump or high demand, low energy day.

psst…kids like them too!

1 cup (250 mL) raw almonds

16 Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted

Water, for blending

½ cup (125 mL) shredded unsweetened coconut

1/3 cup (75 mL) raw almond butter or coconut butter

3 tbsp (45 mL) cocoa powder

1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon


Pulse almonds in a food processor until coarsely ground. Transfer to a bowl.


Pulse dates in food processor until almost smooth, adding up to 3 tbsp (45 mL) water as needed to help blend.


Add almonds back to food processor with coconut, almond butter, cocoa powder and cinnamon and pulse, scraping down mixture in bowl with a wooden spoon as needed until completely incorporated.


Transfer to a large bowl. Scoop mixture into 2tbsp (30 mL) balls, rolling with your hands; place balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate.


Makes 18 Balls

Note: consider scraping the paste into a sandwich bag and watering down with water to make into a homemade “power pack” for long runs. Perfect replenishment, no fake or processed junk. Or as a post workout snack, they provide just enough carb to full the muscles, good fats to ease inflammation and some protein to speed recovery

Recipe and photo source: Natural Delights Medjool Dates


Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!


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