Sweet energy balls : recipe from go-getter Sylvie Allen

When she’s not out being a banshee on the bike, guiding, coaching and adventuring in these hills, Sylvie Allen is tending an amazing garden and cooking up a storm. A celiac, she’s had to adapt her diet to provide enough fuel for her body, without the fallback of most prepared foods. So, she’s a wellspring of treats and great recipes, many of which she shares on her website.


Here’s one we’re tempted to try: the Middle Earth Munchies. (Actually, it was the strawberry licorice that really got me… but it’s past strawberry season, so we’ll have to save that for next year.)

½ cup light tahini

½ cup honey

½ cup desiccated coconut

½ cup LSA: a combination of ground flaxseed, sunflower seed and almond (grind up 3 parts flaxseeds, 2 parts sunflower seeds, and 1 part almonds into a meal)

1/2 cup goji berries (or fruit mixture of your choice)

1/2 cup raisins or cranberries

½ cup chopped almonds

  • Mix all ingredients together to make a stiff mixture. Use more coconut is necessary.
  • Mix into small balls and coat with coconut or LSA.
  • Freeze them on a tray then put them in a ziplock for quick snack-grabbin’!



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