Recipe: Power Balls

When I decided to start working my way toward a Paleo diet in June, the first thing I did was scope out pre-packaged goodies that fit the diet and could be stocked in my pantry and grabbed at a moment’s notice.  This was not easy.  Turns out, there aren’t a lot of truly Paleo pre-packaged goodies out there.  In fact, there are only two products that I’ve taken a liking to: Paleo Kits by Steve’s Original and LaraBars.  These products are delicious and sustainably made by companies with social missions.  Three qualities I love, love, love in anything I purchase and consume.  The problem with these products?? They are pricey.  One LaraBar will set you back $1.50 when they are on sale.  The only Paleo Kits I’ve come across have been ordered via their website – and not at any sort of discount.  Damn.

While I will happily buy both these products from time-to-time, the Whole 30 demands that I avoid anything pre-packaged, regardless of how Paleo it might be.  Lara Bars consist of three ingredients, plus added flavor or filler – 90% of which are Whole 30 compliant.  But that metallic wrapper is a deal breaker and so Lara Bars have lost me as a customer until August 9.  My solution? Create something that is just as tasty, change the name, and make it look like a truffle.  What was once a LaraBar is now a Power Ball and will be hiding out in my fridge at a fraction of the cost for the foreseeable future.

These suckers are infinitely adaptable, and can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks (if they last that long).  I made mine into 1″ balls and yielded about 12.  If you’d rather make bars, flatten the dough out to 1/2″ thickness and you will likely get between 10 and 15 “Power Bites.”  The recipe is infinitely adaptable, even within Whole 30 constraints.  The recipe I used here is for Almond Butter and Jelly – I’ve provided some other suggestions for flavor combinations as well.  I’ll be using these for busy nights at work, when I don’t have the option of slowing down to grab dinner.

Not meatballs! I swear!

Power Balls


1 c. raw almonds

1/2 c. raw pecans

12 Medjool dates

1 c. dried, unsweetened cherries

1/4 tsp. salt


1. Pulse nuts and salt until chunky – it’s okay for some pieces to be finer than others! – Put into a medium-sized bowl.

2. Pulse dates and dried fruit until a paste forms.  Add to bowl with nut mixture.

3. Make a ball out of the mixture, adding 1 tbsp. water if the ball doesn’t stick together.  Cover the ball with plastic wrap and roll it out onto a baking sheet.  Roll into 1″ balls or cut into bars 1/2″ thick.  Place pieces on parchment paper and refrigerate until slightly hardened, approximately 2 hours.

Other flavor combinations to try, based on the LaraBar product page!

  • Banana Bread – 1 c. almonds, 12 Medjool dates, 1 c. unsweetened, dried banana
  • Cappuccino – 1/2 c. almonds, 1/2 c. cashews, 12 Medjool dates, 1 c. coffee beans, 1 vanilla bean, scraped clean
  • Lemon Bar – 1/2 c. almonds, 1/2 c. cashews, 12 Medjool dates, zest and juice of a lemon
  • Almond Chocolate – 1 c. almonds, 12 Medjool dates, 2 tbsp. unsweetened cacao powder
  • Blueberry Muffin – 1 c. cashews, 12 Medjool dates, 1 c. unsweetened, dried blueberries, zest and juice of a lemon, 1 vanilla bean, scraped clean

Time: 10 minutes + 2 hours in fridge

Yield: 10-15 power balls (or bites)


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