Energy Balls with citrus zest (gluten free, no processed sugar)

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There is something so satisfying when you know exactly what your’re eating. I use a mix of dates, figs, prunes, added almonds and lots of fresh tangerine zest.

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These energy balls are very easy to make and a good activity with the kids. I coated half the balls in sesame seeds and the other half in coconut. You can also make a very large batch and store them in airtight containers or jars.

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You will need:
2 cups pitted dates, roughly chopped
2 cups coconut
1 cup figs
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup grated citrus zest, I used local tangerines
1/2 cup honey, I used local eucalyptus carob honey
1/2 cup chopped flaked almonds
1/4 cup fruit juice, usually I use orange but this time I used purple carrot juice
For rolling balls : 2 cups sesame seeds and 2 cups coconut

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You can use a food processor if you want a smooth even consistency but I always prefer different textures and defined flavors in my food and I used a food mixer fitted with a K beater.

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Place all the ingredients in your mixer and blend until you reach the consistency you prefer.

Using a tablespoon for measurement, roll balls between your hands.

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Line two dishes with a baking sheet and place the sesame seeds and coconut for rolling the balls.

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And the wonderful delicious result which you can store in the freezer or airtight containers !

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