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A few weeks ago, I was discussing blog stuff with my dad on the phone (so grateful for his support). Somewhere in the conversation he asked if I could develop a recipe for him, and of course I said yes. He asked for an easy snack full of protein and healthy fats, with minimal sugar, but still super tasty. So, of course my mind went directly to power balls. I asked him if he wanted something like a ball or a cookie. My dad, having a sometimes slightly less-than-mature sense of humor, said, “Balls would be great! And you could call them ‘Dad’s Balls!'”
Now, I know this joke may be a little less than savory to some, but it definitely inspired a sweet, healthy treat! Of course, I’m not about to call them “Dad’s Balls” (I do have SOME sense of decency), but it definitely inspired me to come up with this delicious recipe.
Dad’s Power Balls
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a sunbutter kick lately. It’s just SO good! Having a thick and super creamy texture, sunbutter makes the perfect base of these power balls. It also brings some great, healthy fats to the party! Natural almond flour and flax seed are the perfect binding agents, adding fiber and omega-3s to these flavorful treats. Collagen adds some additional protein and provides beauty and gut health benefits.
A little local honey give these power balls some natural sweetness, while providing some allergy support during these pollen-filled spring months! Chia seeds give these snacks a nice little crunch, while bringing some extra fiber, protein, and omega-3s to the table. Chocolate chips and shredded coconut make these little snacks taste like cookies without any of the added sugar (depending on your chocolate chips of course!).
These nutrient-dense power balls also make the perfect vessel for getting in some extra adaptogens and tonic herbs! I used cordyceps and he shou wu because of their energy and longevity benefits. Cordyceps are my go-to adaptogen any time I’m needing a little extra boost. He shou wu not only has a naturally sweet, almost vanilla flavor, but it’s also packed with other benefits. He shou wu is one of my favorite beautifying herbs! It’s also ideal for overall health and anti-aging benefits. These are my favorites, but you can use whatever herbs you like in this recipe, or none at all! It’s completely up to you.