Do you get that late afternoon energy slump (and hunger!) while you are still facing your commute home? I find when my clients arrive home to make dinner tired and hungry, they tend to start pantry foraging and eating things they end up regretting!  A good solution is to have healthy snacks on hand that can travel with you to work to enjoy when that late afternoon slump hits.  This a quick and easy to make snack this is bursting with flavor and nutrition!  I love energy balls, and this recipe is one of my favorites.  This is one of the recipes from my Summer Cleanse program I will be offering in August.  Enjoy!

Cacao Date Bliss Balls

Makes 25

8 dates, soaked

2 cups pumpkin seeds, soaked for 5 hours then rinsed

¼ cup raw cacao powder (I use the Navitas brand)

½ cup coconut flakes

2 tablespoons water

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cinnamon

BLEND: Blend all the ingredients using a high-speed blender. Take a spoonful and roll into a ball. Set each ball on a tray.  Allow the balls to harden in the refrigerator.