Energy Bites: Raw Paleo Nut Balls

I love the idea of energy bites: mini meals that pack a punch.

I got the idea to make these from the peanut butter candy my Mom made for my sister and I when we were kids. She would mix peanut butter, evaporated milk and honey. My sister and I shaped the “dough” into little sculptures then ate our creations.

I love almond butter and I used almond flour instead of evaporated milk to make it dairy free. Then I added all sorts of goodies. Here is the recipe:


  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • Honey to taste


  • Combine almond butter, almond flour and chia seeds. Mix with hands.
  • Combine rest of ingredients.

  • Roll into balls and store in fridge.

Go nuts!-Julie


Chia Seed Pudding: I Get It!

Chia seeds are all the rage in the crowds I run with. They are highly nutritious being packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. Plus they are a seed and we should all eat more seeds. For some reason I was resistant but once I tried them I had an Oprah like “aha” moment (you know when she sings/yells “I GET IT”).

My friend Roisheen, who gave me this recipe idea, has had all sorts of fun with chia seed pudding toppings with her daughter. ┬áKids like it ’cause it grows. It is a rather bland base and easy to make your own.

Chia Seed Pudding


  • One tablespoon chia seeds
  • Nine tablespoons water

Allow chia seeds to soak up water for about five minutes. Then add “mix-ins”. I used a few frozen strawberries and a splash of almond milk.