Stay energized during a long day of climbing with these tasty, punchy treats.

By Jenna Carpenter


Did somebody say cacao energy balls? Yes, I did!

It was a typical Sunday afternoon when I was doing my food prep for the week and all of the sudden, BAM! These cacao energy balls came flying toward me. Ok, so it didn’t happen exactly like that, but the idea did pop up during food prep.

Perhaps you don’t cook like I do and that’s ok, but one thing I encourage others to do is to get creative; try a little bit of this and a little bit of that when you’re in the kitchen. You might surprise yourself with what you create. It doesn’t always come out amazing, but sometimes it does!

I also like to apply this concept to my life. I’m currently in the process of uprooting my life here in San Diego and relocating it to Salt Lake City. It’s a big change for me, and I have fear around what I will do there. But I know one thing is for sure—it’s important to stay open and creative and try a little bit of this and a little bit of that. If it turns out to be not so great, it’s ok!

Ok, now back to balls. Here is what I did (yes, I am guesstimating): Combine all of the following ingredients into a food processor, blend until it’s in a sticky, delicious ball of a mess.

1 cup dates

3/4 cup walnuts

1/4 cup flax seeds

1/4 cup coconut flakes

1/4 cup cacao powder

2 tbs maca powder

2 tbs of maple syrup

Next, sprinkle shredded coconut on a plate and roll the mixture into a ball and into the coconut. You can make these different sizes and add other ingredients like chia, sesame, sunflower seeds or other types of nuts that you have lying around.

Again, I deeply encourage playing around with measurements and trying different ingredients that you already have in the kitchen.

Keep the balls in a container and eat for snacks or pre-workout. They are naturally sweet and will give you a burst of energy when you need it. They are delicious so please enjoy your cacao energy balls and do your best not to eat all of them at once! Ha! It’s a little hard because they are that good, but I believe in ya!