These little balls of clean healthy goodness are perfectly sized to be portable and satisfying, making them the ideal all-natural energy bites for fuelling a busy lifestyle, helping to fight off that afternoon slump and giving you something to satisfy that sweet tooth!
All of these energy balls are super easy to make – you literally just throw everything together in a food processor (or sturdy blender) and whizz it together for a minute or two and boom!
These energy balls are surprisingly filling for their size due to their high fibre and protein content, so one or two will totally satisfy any mid-afternoon energy slumps as well as making the perfect complimentary pre or post-workout nibble.
2. The Little Green Spoon: Vanilla Coconut Protein Balls
Indy Power from The Little Green Spoon is all about embracing natural, nutritious and nourishing foods and is constantly experimenting to develop new recipes and put a healthy twist on some old favourites.
Her recipes are nutrient-rich, gluten-free and refined sugar-free, with many paleo, dairy free and vegan options.
Here’s one of my favourites:
They’re so delicious and perfectly sweet and chewy; a great little healthy snack packed full of protein, fibre and calcium! They’re also amazing crumbled over oats or yoghurt or even added to smoothies.
Makes roughly 8-10 balls
• 1 Cup of Cashews
• 1 Cup of Dates
• 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein
• Desiccated Coconut, for coating
1. Soak the dates in boiling water, just for a few minutes.
2. Drain the dates and add them to the food processor with the cashews. Blitz until they break down, combine and then start to clump together.
3. Then add the protein and blitz until it starts to get crumbly and then clump together again. Make sure to scrape down the sides a few times so that it blends evenly.
4. Use your hands to squish and roll the mixture into balls. Larger balls will make about 8 but if you make smaller ones you could get 10-12.
5. Scatter the desiccated coconut out on some parchment paper and roll the balls in it to coat.
6. Store in an air-tight jar either in the cupboard or fridge
This recipe is Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan & Paleo.
3. Emily’s Acai Cacao Balls
This recipe comes from Yours Truly and combines two of my favourite ingredients: Cacao and Acai.
Cacao is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, cholesterol-free saturated fats, fibre, natural carbohydrates, protein and is packed with vitamins and minerals making it an excellent source of nutrients.
Cacao is also known to help improve your mood and boost energy levels.
Acai Berries are an Amazonian fruit from Brazil and are incredibly rich in antioxidants.
They are choc-full of polyphenols and essential fatty acids 3,6 and 9 making them brilliant for overall nutrition and as a beauty supplement.
Makes roughly 6-8 balls
8 Medjool dates (if you have pitted, soak them in boiling water for 10-20 mins to get them a bit more juicy then add them in – the texture won’t be the same but it is better than none at all!)
1 TBSP Raisins
1 TBSP Almond Butter
1 1/2 – 2 TBSP Raw Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1-2 TBSP Maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want them)
3-4 TBSP Cacao powder + 1 TBSP for dusting the outside (rough measurements – use how much covers the balls)
1-2 TBSP Cacao nibs (I like mine crunchy so I add in a whole load, plus they are very bitter so the contrast of bitter and sweet is mouth-wateringly good!)
1 TBSP Acai powder
A pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt (check if your almond butter has salt – you may want to reduce the pinch size!)
1. Throw everything into the food processor except for the cacao nibs. These give a nice crunch if you throw them in at the end.
Add them when everything else has formed into a dough-like texture and pulse them in a couple of times to evenly distribute them.
2. Once everything is combined nicely, use a spoon and roll them into ball shapes.
3. Roll them in cacao powder to coat
4. Put into a lunch box or tray and pop them in the freezer.
Alternatively you can put them in the fridge for a few hours until they harden up.
4. Deliciously Ella – Banana Bread Energy Bites
Deliciously Ella (AKA Ella Woodward) is a health and wellness blogger and the author of the Deliciously Ella cookbook.
Ella’s philosophy is all about embracing the natural foods that your body loves andcreating fresh, simple dishes which are easy to make and taste amazing.
Her recipes are plant-based and super healthy and are made from whole foods, with recipes containing no meat, dairy, sugar, gluten or anything processed.
These morsels of delight are packed full of fibre, plant protein, vitamins and mineralsfrom health-enhancing bananas, dates, chia seeds and almonds and a magic ingredient – Maca.
Maca is a superfood powder made from a Peruvian root.
One fantastic quality about this wonderful superfood is that it gives the most amazing energy boost, which is why it’s so perfect in these balls.
Makes roughly 30 bites
2 cups of Almonds
2 cups of Medjool Dates ((if you have pitted, soak them in boiling water for 10-20 mins to get them a bit juicier then add them in – the texture won’t be the same but it is better than none at all!)
2 over-ripe Bananas
1/2 a cup of Ground Flaxseed
3 tablespoons of Maca Powder
3 tablespoons of Chia Seeds
1. First, place the almonds in your food processor and blend for a minute or two until they break up and start to form a flour-like mix.
2. Then gradually add the pitted dates, peeled bananas, flax, maca and chia as the mix continues to blend. After a few minutes, the mixture should be smooth and sticky, at which point the balls are ready to be rolled.
3. Use a teaspoon to scoop up a batch of the dough, then roll it in your hands to form a ball. Place the ball on a plate and continue doing the exact same thing until you’ve used all the mixture.
4. If you want to add goji berries or chia seeds to the outside then roll the balls in either before placing the plate of bites in the freezer for a couple of hours to set before enjoying.
5. Store them either in the fridge or freezer.
5. Madeleine Shaw – Get The Glow Spirulina Balls
Nutritional health coach Madeleine Shaw and author to her first book Get the Glow is the brain behind these tasty energising Spirulina Balls.
If you often find the taste or spirulina too strong or not palatable, this is a fantastic way to get in those nutritious greens in undercover!
It’s pretty powerful stuff, so here madeleine has mixed it with dates, cinnamon and coconut to make it super-enjoyable.
Makes roughly 10–12 balls
1. Blend the nuts and seeds in a food processor for a minute
2. Then add the rest of the ingredients, blend to allow everything to combine
3. Roll the mixture into balls and pop them in the fridge.
4. Leave them to set for an hour, then enjoy.
These balls will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks – if you can make them last that long!!
(Recipe and image courtesy of organic burst )
So there you have it – 5 of our Favourite Energy Ball Recipes to get you through the day!
Enjoy and get munching!!
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