Almond Butter Balls

These nut butter balls are an ideal snack for outdoor adventures such as skiing, hiking, riding, or climbing. They are light, take up little space, and provide energy. Four of these balls can fuel a person weighing 150 pounds on an uphill hike for five miles (eight kilometres).

Source: Cooking Vegetarian, Wiley Canada, 2011

Ingredients

1 c rolled oats
1 c almond butter or hazelnut butter
1/2 c pumpkin seeds
1/2 c currants
1/2 c dried cranberries (chopped)
1/2 c non-dairy chocolate chips
1/2 t lemon rind
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 t cinnamon powder
1/2 t cardamom
1/2 t vanilla extract
1 T water

Directions

Put the rolled oats in the bowl of a food processor and process for 20 seconds or until they are finely ground. Transfer the oats to a medium bowl along with the nut butter, pumpkin seeds, currants, cranberries, chocolate chips, lemon rind, lemon juice, cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla extract. Mix with a fork until all ingredients are well incorporated. Add enough water to hold the mixture together. Roll into small balls, about two tablespoons in size and store in a covered container in the refrigerator or freezer.

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