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On our recent girls trip to Aruba we stumbled upon a snack shack that had just about every smoothie, juice, bowl, and ball you could think of. It was an oasis in the dry heat and we ended up ordering just about everything they had. I ordered these energy balls, which aren't anything new, and loved them. Energy balls, fat balls (as per The Kitchn), or whatever you want to call these things, are so amazing because they're so nutritious and tasty and yet require zero cooking prowess whatsoever. There are fruity ones, buttery ones, chocolatey ones, spicy ones, sweet and salty ones; if you can think of it there's probably an energy ball recipe out there for it (salty caramel is next on my list of balls to conquer, FYI). 

When I'm eating high-fat and low carb it's really tough to find snacks that satisfy my sugar cravings that don't taste chemical-y. These are how I get my fix. I called them "cookie butter" energy balls because they're inspired by the taste of Speculoos cookie butter (or those beloved Biscoff cookies) and they're like eating cookie dough (but healthy).  You can modify the recipe to be completely vegan by substituting coconut oil instead of ghee. Enjoy! And try not to eat more than one at once (like I did when I made these), they're supposed to be a filling snack *eye roll*!

INGREDIENTS

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  • 1/2 c full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 c carob chips 
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 tbsp almond butter
  • 3 tbsp ghee (or coconut oil)
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (or Speculaaskruiden)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a mason jar or air-tight container, stir the chia seeds into the coconut milk and let them soak overnight with the lid closed tightly (the seeds will puff up and a pudding-like substance will emerge)
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients along with the chia seed pudding until you have a thick batter *it will be greasy but as long as it's binding you're on the right track*
  3. Form into 12 balls and refrigerate. Enjoy as desired when you're craving some sugar! 
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