February 05, 2013

Recipe: Copycat N.R.G. Orbs

Capers was once a local natural foods supermarket in Vancouver, until it was bought by Whole Foods.  Capers used to make a fantastic energy ball, and Whole Foods has carried on the tradition.  I love these balls of goodness, so experimented with the recipe until I got something quite similar to the Whole Foods orb.  Great for an on the go or post-workout snack, and super healthy too.

Copycat "NRG Orbs"
Makes 6 large or 12 small

1/2 c rolled oats
1/4 c protein powder (I use Vega Protein)
1/4 c sunflower seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut + 1/4 c for rolling
1/2 c soft dried apricots (if they are not soft, soak for 30 min to 2h then drain)
1/2 apple, cored, peeled and roughly chopped
1 tbsp real maple syrup
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
1/2 c puffed brown rice

Pulse oats in food processor until finely chopped.  Transfer to medium bowl.  Add protein powder, 2 tbsp coconut, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds and mix well.

In food processor, pulse apple, drained apricots, maple syrup and peanut butter until chunky paste forms.  Add dry mixture to food processor and pulse until combined.  Add puffed brown rice and pulse until just combined.  Roll into 6 large or 12 small balls.

Spread 1/4c shredded coconut on a plate and roll each ball in coconut to coat.  Put in fridge to harden, approx 10 minutes.  Once firm, store orbs in air-tight container in fridge. Pin It Now!

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