I am all for pre-prepped meals and snacks that make my day easier as a dietetic intern. So when I saw this month's Recipe Redux theme -- "Did you receive a trendy new cooking gadget as a holiday gift? Or do you have a tried-and-true kitchen tool you couldn’t do without? Show us a healthy recipe highlighting a favorite kitchen tool, gadget, or gizmo"-- I knew I had to highlight my favorite kitchen tool- mini food processor!
It is a quick and simple tool I use for almost anything.
Lately I have been using it to break down my oats for my oatmeal. I also have used it for shredded carrots for my favorite carrot cake recipe (on the blog soon!). Now I have been continuously making power balls by using the food processor to chop up walnuts, almond, cashews, etc., to make the perfect bite sized power balls.
For this post I am sharing one of my favorite recipes that includes 5 simple ingredients.
- 2 ounces raw almonds (you can use your favorite nut or a mixture!)
- 2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened sunflower butter (or your favorite nut butter)
- 1 tablespoon flax seed (optional)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
- 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips/chunks
1. In a food processor, add almonds. Process until almonds are finely chopped. Add sunflower butter, and maple syrup. Process until a smooth texture comes out that is sticky enough to roll into balls. Add more maple syrup to get sticky consistency.
2. Pour mixture into a bowl and add dried cranberries, chia seeds and chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
3. With about 1 tablespoon of the mixture, roll into a ball. Repeat until all mixture is used then place on a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour or enjoy immediately.