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This is a recipe I created (through many trial and errors) in a serious need to satisfy my sweet tooth and carb cravings and still stay fit!
I absolutely love this recipe and my personal chef clients would always ask for more of these little cuties!! Try them if you are looking to drop a few lbs and still indulge in something sweet this summer!
They’re great as a pre/post workout snack, breakfast munchy, or as a late-night sweet tooth pinch! Also a perfect healthy grab-n-go ball when you’re in a hurry and need to eat on the road…something I’m guilty of knowing from personal experience… =0
Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think!
GLUTEN FREE CARROT & ALMOND
FLAXSEED POWER BALLS
Servings: about 20-30 balls. Level: Easy
Time: about 20 minutes prep, 50 minutes total after baking
You will need:
If you don’t have a food processor, you could try a powerful blender but it may not work. Otherwise you can grate your carrots, or steam them until soft enough to mash, but this loses nutrients in the cooking process so raw is recommended.
A big saver when shopping for health foods: Many of the pricier health food ingredients such as agave, oats, almonds & flaxseed can now be found in bulk sizes at costco!
** You can also use about 3-4 tbsp pumpkin pie spice mix (all of the above spices are included in this mix)
Coating for Rolling:
Preheat oven to 350.
When they are done:
You will smell their aroma suddenly stronger when they are done. The balls will be very tender and seem like they aren’t done when you take them out of the oven so don’t worry. Let them cool down for 10 – 15 minutes and then put the entire sheet with all of your balls into the fridge. They will become more solid.
Lastly, I like to drizzle them lightly with agave. This makes them more dessert like! Mmm!
NOTE: If you forget about them & they cook too long & dry out – prick a hole with a fork into the tops & splash a few drops of unsweetened, unflavored organic almond milk or soy milk on top of the balls & they will moisten right back up!
TIME SAVING TIP:
FROZEN DOUGH LOG: When I make these I like to double the recipe make 1 batch, then make a log like the picture above & freeze. Then when ready to use, let thaw on counter for 1 hour, then remove from zip-lock bag & slice into rounds, roll into balls with hands & bake! *Or leave as a cookie shape-which is what slicing from a log, like the above picture will give you!
Melanie is a San Diego native, a lover of outdoor activities, cooking, friends & family, & is an entrepreneur at heart. As a personal chef and fitness coach, she has been able to combine her two career passions – which has proven to be an exciting journey. Inspired by a love for cooking & entertaining, Melanie attended the Art Institute of San Diego and in 2006, she became a personal chef. Ever since been then, she has been preparing nutritious gourmet meals (personal meal deliveries & private party catering) for residents in La Jolla, Carmel Valley and all over North County San Diego. Melanie is NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certiﬁed and is the founder of Rock Body Food. Melanie truly loves her job of teaching others how to do what she loves & lives herself!