This awesome post was written by Alina Islam, a wonderful Certified Nutritional Practitioner from Toronto, Canada. She is a writer, speaker and nutritional consultant. You can read more of her work at or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Ever sat in a client meeting where all you’re really thinking about is the dessert tray sitting in the middle of the boardroom table?

Client: “I am saying important things blah blah blah”
Me: “Yes, yes fascinating”
My brain: “Should I reach for the muffin? But no one else is reaching for food, I’ll look like a pig. I shouldn’t anyway, so much sugar. But I haven’t had lunch yet…DAMMIT the client just took my muffin. Should’ve grabbed it when I had the chance. Hmm what about that cookie?”

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If your brain sounds anything like mine, you need this recipe in your life. When the 3pm cravings hit at work (or frankly, cravings at any time) this is the perfect sweet treat (plus brain fuel) without the guilt. The dates provide the sweetness, the raw almond butter provides the creamy indulgent OMGAH goodness, and the seeds help to release the sugar into your bloodstream slowly, so that you don’t have an energy crash later.

Raw Energy Balls

Makes: 12 or so


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds (optional)


  • Throw pitted dates and almond butter into a food processor
  • Process on low for 1-2 minutes
  • Add in pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds. Process for 1 minute on low, then 1 on high.
  • Stop to scrape down the sides and mix by hand to make sure everything is incorporated
  • Process until everything is broken into small pieces
  • Take out a small amount, it should be slightly sticky!
  • Roll into a ball. It should be easy to do this in the palm of your hand
  • Store in the fridge for the week :)

P.S. There are so so many varieties of energy balls that you can make! I’ll keep posting more, but feel free to play around with the ingredients. All you really need is dates, some nuts & seeds, and some other fun stuff to throw in e.g. nut butter, cacao, vanilla etc.

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Alina Islam
Certified Nutritional Practitioner, CNP
"Alina Islam is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and in-house nutritionist at The Hearty Soul in Toronto, Canada. Through her relatable approach, Alina loves to educate and empower her clients to create long-lasting, sustainable change using food, lifestyle and natural supplements as her toolkit. Click here to claim her free eBook, 'The Beginner's Guide to Meal Prep' to lose up to 10 pounds, skyrocket your energy and take control of your health."