Coconut Power Snacks

If you've ever heard me talk for more than 30 seconds, you probably heard me mention fats.  I wish I could take all the credit for the recipe for these tiny balls of deliciousness, but I can't.  I found them on www.marksdailyapple.com and decided to try them out.  They're super portable and can fit into your purse or backpack to take along with you for your day.   But they're so simple to make, even a caveman could do it....and these are EXACTLY the things he ate.  Ummm, no, I won't make extra for you.

Most of these ingredients can be found at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Trader Joe's has excellent deals on bagged nuts. The only problem with these snacks is making them last! They're so delicious it's hard to have just one. They are guaranteed to be more healthy than most power bars in any grocery store and they're cheaper too!

Ingredients:
1/4 c hazelnuts
1/4 c pecans
1/4 c walnuts
1/4 c pumpkin seeds
5-6 dates (take the pit out)
tbsp coconut oil (unrefined)

to taste:
unsweetened coconut flakes (whole foods sells them already bagged)
unsweetened cacao powder, cinnamon, ground coffee - or any powdered flavoring you like


Directions
Grind all nuts in a food processor till they begin to look powdery and all large pieces have been ground down. Set aside in a mixing bowl. Heat the oil in the microwave till liquid. (Coconut oil is a solid at room temp and a liquid when heated.) Grind dates and coconut oil in food processor. Add date mixture to nut mixture. Add powdered flavorings to taste. Mix all ingredients together. (I find it easiest to do by hand.) Roll into small balls or bar shape. Roll the balls in coconut shavings and store in refrigerator. When the coconut oil gets cooled and returns to it's solid state, the balls will stick together better.

Voila!  Super yum!