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MAC's Recipe of the Month - Sept 2017

MAC Nutrition - Friday, September 01, 2017

As fall comes around, our schedules often get busier and we can be short on time. These energy balls are quick to make and even quicker to eat, allowing you to get in a nutritious bite even when you're on the go. Protein and healthy fats from nut butter are balanced by the carbohydrate from dates, making this a well-balanced and filling snack. Unsweetened cocoa powder satisfies that chocolate craving while providing some antioxidant power, and adding chia seeds or flax seeds boosts the fiber content. Substitute your favorite protein powder for half the cocoa powder for a great post-workout snack. One of these bites during that mid-afternoon slump will have you energized and ready to take on the rest of the day!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Yield: 14 servings, 1 ball each serving
Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

1 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 10 large dates), soaked one hour
3 Tbsp peanut butter or other nut butter
6 Tbsp cocoa powder
Chia seeds and/or other seeds for coating

1. Blend or mash the soaked dates until they form a paste
2. Mix in peanut butter and cocoa powder until everything is well-combined
3. Roll mixture into balls, about 1" diameter
4. Coat balls in chia seeds, flax seeds, cocoa powder, or other seeds or nuts
5. Eat immediately or store in refrigerator before eating

Approximate Nutrition Information per serving:
Calories per serving: 117.5
Fat per serving: 3.9g
Protein per serving: 3.6g
Total carbohydrate: 17.9g
Total fiber: 5.6g
Sodium: 4.4mg

This month's recipe contribution comes Louisa Paine, Register Dietitian in the MAC Nutrition Department!

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