Skate the Lake is almost here! Whether you’ll be participating in the marathon skate event this weekend or getting active in your own way, you’ll need some fuel to keep you going. Try these Coconut Cherry Chia Bombs! Chia seeds are not just for growing silly plants anymore. They offer an array of nutritional benefits including complete protein, antioxidants, Omega-3’s, fiber and blood-sugar balancing energy that will keep your body powered up and ready for a day of vigorous exercise. The flaxseeds in these Chia Bombs boast breast cancer preventing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and the dried cherries provide a sweet and tart pick-me-up.
Roll up a batch of these and keep them in your refrigerator, and grab a couple before you head out for a healthy, active day!
Coconut Cherry Chia Bombs
1 cup raw cashews
1.5 cups dried cherries chopped
2 Tbs ground toasted flax seed
1 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes
1 Tbs chia seeds mixed with 3 Tbs water
1.5 tsp almond extract
1 Tbs agave syrup or more if you want sweeter
Additonal ¼ cup toasted coconut
Combine chia seeds and water and set aside for 15 minutes. Set oven to 300 degrees and toast coconut for 5-10 minutes until lightly toasted.
Add cashews to food processor and pulse until nuts are finely ground. Add all ingredients except the toasted coconut and pulse until thoroughly combined and a ball starts to form.
Using hands or a small cookie scoop, form balls about 1” in diameter. Roll the balls in the toasted coconut. Refrigerate.
Makes approximately 2 dozen.
Recipe credit: Integrative Nutrition