Neapolitan Energy Balls

Hi friends.

I hope this post is coherent…I was up until 1:30 AM last night glued to the TV watching Hurricane Irma coverage worried about my friends there.  What’s worse is I have a horrible cold and had to take a Mucinex D which could keep me up for four days on it’s own.  What in the heck do they put in that?

Anyway, if you know me well, you know I’m not a good sleeper anyway, so you learn to make due!

I spent today at the Utah State Fair doing cooking classes with my husband and some new foodie friends.  It was an absolute blast, but  I am just spent of energy.

Ironically, one of the classes I taught today was how to make my Neapolitan Energy Balls!

Neapolitan Energy Balls II

I posted these on Instagram today and had quite a few requests for the recipe, so I wanted to get it to you before I go to bed.  These are really great no bake snacks perfect for pre and post workout, breakfast on the go, or an after school munchie for the kids.  It’s extra fun that they’re neapolitan flavored.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this all American ice cream flavor has really made a comeback these days and it’s everywhere.

I think these went over really well at the fair.  I have such fun sharing my love for cooking with people.  Even better I like hanging out with people that share that same interest.  Meet my foodie friend Bakin Bill:

bakin bill

Bill is a dutch oven aficionado.  He pretty much knows everything there is to know about dutch oven cooking and has competed in many competitions and is now an instructor that is asked to teach dutch oven cooking from here to Alaska.  I think that’s pretty dang cool.  He saw my TV spot the other day on Channel 2 news the and asked me to participate at the fair which is something I’ve always wanted to do.  I’m so glad he did.

I also got to meet his awesome wife DeeAnn who showed me how to make her amazing Zoph bread which is a four section braided Swiss loaf passed down from her grandmother.  Here we are at the fair braiding bread.

deann

I have more fun fair activities coming up this week including some competing and some judging, so I’ll make sure to tell you about that and post my other recipe that Chad and I demonstrated today at the fair.

For now, I leave you with the recipe for my energy balls that you requested!

Neapolitan Energy Balls

Nite!

Neapolitan Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • *Note: The recipe starts with a base and you'll add in different ingredients to make each flavor. You'll get about 12 balls of each variety.
  • For the Base:
  • 2 Cups whole rolled oats or muesli cereal
  • 1/2 Cup dried, flaked coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon black chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • For the vanilla variety add:
  • 1/2 Cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 Cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
  • *Additional 1/2 Cup coconut for rolling (optional)
  • For the Chocolate variety add:
  • 1/2 Cup chocolate hazlenut spread
  • 1/4 Cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 Cup mini chocolate chips
  • For the strawberry variety:
  • Simply make the chocolate variety and add 1 Cup freeze dried strawberries for rolling

Instructions

  1. To make the balls, simply place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until ingredients are thoroughly mixed. If the mixture is too dry, add more honey, if too wet, add more oats or muesli.
  2. Roll mixture into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls. If balls stick to your hands either refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes, or wet your hands every few balls. Roll vanilla balls in coconut if desired. For strawberry balls, pulverize freeze dried berries in food processor, place on a plate, and roll balls in the berry dust. Place balls in an airtight container and refrigerate until needed.
http://haveyourselfatime.com/neapolitan-energy-balls/

Shauna

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