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Power Balls

I’ve been eating, sleeping, breathing yoga lately. On top of my full time job, gym schedule, volunteering, and frequent social outings, I have been squeezing in an intensive yoga teacher training. Well, perhaps squeezing isn’t quite correct – it’s taken over my life. I'm now 81/200 hours into the program and some things in my life have had to give - cooking for myself and blogging being the two biggest. I’ve managed two blog posts in two months – sigh!

What’s even more sad (sadder? more sad? I don't know, but sadder sounds funny) is that this one doesn’t even involving cooking, or heat of any kind. It’s a stir and go kinda recipe. Whatever, it’s all I’ve got time for right now and frankly all the will I can muster.

Around the corner from my yoga studio is a little shop called Simply Raw, where you can get the most delicious little balls called Love Bites. Each yoga weekend I wander over there on lunch break and show myself some love with the purchase of a little ball of goodness; which is actually a two-fer (two for the price of one) it gets me through a very physical afternoon! This recipe is based on those balls and actually comes damn close to the exact taste. They’re good in the fridge for a week, so pack one or two for you and your friends, they're excellent for a boost before a gym class.

Power Balls

1-cup cashew butter

¼ cup blanched almond flour

¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

Cocoa powder for rolling

Add all ingredients, except cocoa, to a bowl and stir well.

Grab the equivalent of about ½ golf ball worth of mixture and roll it in the palm of your hands until it becomes a perfect Circle. Set on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Repeat until all the mixture is gone. Should make about 12 Power Balls.

Then roll each one in cocoa powder until completely covered and return to the baking sheet. Pop the baking sheet into the fridge to set for an hour or two, before storing in a container in the fridge.

One Power Ball -- Calories: 182 Fat: 14 g. Carbohydrates: 13 g. Protein: 5 g.

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