These clean eating Jum Jills (energy balls) are the perfect, take-along snack!
Please pardon my foray into the world of children’s literature for a moment. With a 3 year old in the house, it’s pretty much inevitable.
One of Mini Chef’s favorite books is The Funny Thing, by Wanda Gag. It’s a story about a little dragon who is actually rather vain. And in an attempt to become more beautiful, inadvertently forces a little forest gnome to make treats called Jum-Jills because he thinks these treats will make him more beautiful (and they do!).
In the book, Jum-Jills consist of 7 nut cakes, 5 seed puddings, 2 cabbage salads, and 15 little cheeses. Now, I have to admit that this particular combination did not appeal to my finer senses. In fact, the thought of nut cakes, seed puddings and cabbage salad with cheese pretty much turned my stomach all together.
But Mini Chef was absolutely convinced that he needed to eat some Jum-Jills after reading this book for the millionth time. So Jum-Jills is exactly what he got (with a few, minor alterations that he never need know about, of course).
I have to warn you, these things definitely fall into the “addictive foods” category. You absolutely cannot eat just one. And to top it all off, they make fabulous snacks similar to Lara Bars! Make a double batch of these while you’re watching tv one night (providing you have a tv in the kitchen, of course), and you’ll have grab-n-go snacks for days! And if you’re a runner, these would be perfect before a run. They’ll truly keep you going!
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THIS CLEAN EATING RECIPE:
CLEAN EATING JUM JILLS (ENERGY BALLS) RECIPE:
These handy, take-along snacks are perfect travel snacks!
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 1 cup medjool dates (pitted and packed tight for measuring)
- TOPPING OPTIONS:
- unsweetened cocoa powder mixed with equal parts date sugar
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- chia seeds
- flax seed (or flax meal)
- sesame seeds
Place the nuts and date in a food processor and blend until it turns into a solid lump of dough. This can take a few minutes, so be patient.
Using small amounts, roll the dough into 1/2 inch balls and then roll in the topping of your choice.
NOTE: Keep an old towel handy because your hands will get VERY oily.
STORAGE: I keep mine in the fridge or freezer. They are yummy just out of the freezer! The perfect, chewy texture!
Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Note that the data does not reflect any toppings.