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Trail Mix Energy Balls are everything you love about trail mix in perfectly portioned bites. Packed with almonds, cashews and chocolate, these are the perfect energy boosting snack, on the go.
Let’s talk about trail mix for a minute. The best part of trail mix is the nuts and chocolate, right? Raisins are for people who like disappointment (unless they are covered in chocolate). These energy balls are what trail mix dreams are made of. Almonds and cashews blended with raisins and almond butter as the glue to hold them all together. The raisins have a purpose! Add in some m&m’s and your kids are going to eat these right up! They won’t even know they are devouring a snack packed full of healthy fats and nutritional value. These little bites are perfect to have on hand all summer long when they ask for approximately 1 million snacks each day….please tell me this isn’t just my kids?!
In general, trail mix is packed full of healthy fats and protein, but it can also be high in sugar. The problem with trail mix, as with many things, is portion control. If you stick to a serving, you’ll be fine, but most people have trouble sticking to just one serving of trail mix because the serving sizes are tiny. These Energy Balls are a perfect solution because they are already portioned out for you and 2-3 will completely satisfy your sweet tooth and fill you up with energy.
Typical trail mix consists of nuts, beans (such as peanuts…yes peanuts are considered a bean), dried fruit and chocolate.
In a food processor, combine raisins, cashews and almonds on high until mixture turns to crumbs.
Add in almond butter and blend on high until mixture begins to clump together.
Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and add in chocolate chips and m&m's.
Using your hands, combine mixture well.
Form mixture into balls using a tbsp as a size reference.
Transfer energy balls to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Place baking sheet in refrigerator till mixture hardens and sets up.
Store Trail Mix Energy Balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.