Makes 3-4 dozen

Easy to make, easy to store and bring with you everywhere…keeping it simple when a snack attack hits, whether in traffic or on the trails!

BriarPatch bulk section ingredients make these a snap. You may want to soak the cup of almonds and the fruits to make sure they’re moist enough when you put them into the food processor. If your dates and dried fruit are very fresh – they feel super sticky and gooey – you can probably skip that step.

Ingredients

1 cup almonds, plus ¼ cup extra, finely-chopped

1 cup Medjool dates

1 cup dried apples, cherries, apricots, raisins or prunes

¼ cup chia seeds

Optional: 1-2 Tbsp. cacao nibs, 1 tsp. maca powder

Optional: Roll the balls in coconut flakes

Instructions

Soak dried fruits (if they’re not already sticky) and 1 cup of the nuts in water for 20-30 minutes.

Drain well and pat dry with a paper towel.

Add nuts, fruit, chia seeds and maca powder (if using) to the bowl of food processor and grind into a smooth paste.

Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl and to move the mixture if it gets stuck in a clump. When everything is evenly incorporated, sprinkle in the cacao nibs and chopped almonds and process just to combine (you want to leave the nibs and chopped almonds intact as nice crunchy bits).

Portion out the balls using a 1 Tbsp. measuring spoon and roll them in your palms to form. (You may want to put a little water on your hands so the mixture doesn’t stick to your hands too much.)

Roll the balls in coconut flakes, if using.

Serve, or place on a plate and let firm up in the fridge.

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