“Cute, soft and a bit crunchy. It’s an all-in-one-pot recipe and the balls turn out as sweet as needed and with all the right nutrients…”
A week ago, the yoga studio I love and attend here in Athens (proud, fervent and addict anti-gravity yogini here!) organised a very nice hiking trip up to Ymittos mountain in order to reach a cute lovely monastery. There we would cut the Vassilopita (Santa’s Cake) to celebrate the new year and bring good luck and vibes to the studio and all of the students!
In Greece, it’s mostly in February and March that we do this in workplaces, so that everyone is back from the holidays and so that the respective event is fully organised. In the cake there is always a lucky coin hidden and whoever finds it in his piece of cake is the lucky one for this year and gets a present.
However, in our hiking case, it was our lovely teacher who got the coin! I know , I know, suspicious thoughts came through my mind , too, but honestly, this lovely woman deserves all the best luck and love. She is an amazing yoga teacher and her magic vibes follow us throughout all day and week after every class! She is an enchanting fairy and we all adore her!
It was my very first hiking and I wasn’t sure if I was going to endure it! However, I was certain that all of the followers would love an energy boost before or in the middle of the hike. So, I decided to make Energy Balls that would last in the hot weather out of the fridge. I scrolled through a lot of recipes but ultimately, I combined the ingredients my creative mind told me to, and the end result was adorable! Cute, soft and a bit crunchy. It’s an all-in-one-pot recipe and the balls turn out as sweet as needed and with all the right nutrients to offer instant power and happiness.
Everyone loved them and wanted to know the recipe. I gave it to them, but the thing is, I wasn’t counting in cups or spoons while making them, so I was just naming the ingredients rather than giving amounts. I’ll try to do it here for your own convenience and easiness. You can alter or omit any ingredient or spice you want and replace it with your own favorite. Here’s my combo.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 cup oats
- 1 1/2 cups coconut flakes and a bit more for covering the balls
- zest and juice from 1 big orange or 2 medium
- 1 apple, shredded
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon tahini (orange flavor)
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter (crunchy)
- 2 teaspoons flax seed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
- vegetable oil for the rolling of the balls
You can add cocoa powder. Raisins. Or berries. Or chocolate chips. The list is endless.
- Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and use your hands to mix them well until you have a well-incorporated mixture. It needs to be smooth and a bit sticky. If it’s too runny, add oats or coconut flakes. If it’s too thick, add orange juice or more shredded apple. It’s up to you.
- (You have the choice of not baking them. I simply did it because I wanted them to be a bit more solid so that they can last during our hike.) Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Fill a small bowl with a bit of coconut flakes.
- Greese your palms with a little vegetable oil and start rolling balls the size of a walnut.
- Place each ball in the bowl of coconut and roll it a bit until it’s covered. Place them in the baking tray.
- Bake for 8′-10′, just so the balls are a bit more solid.
Fast, simple and really versatile. Enjoy for breakfast, midday or late night snack.