Nourish - 4 of our Favourite Energy Ball Recipes to Get You Through The Day!
Today we’re talking energy ball recipes. Mmmm yum yum yum. These little balls of clean healthy goodness are perfectly sized to be portable and satisfying. This makes them the ideal all-natural energy bites for fuelling a busy lifestyle. Not to mention, 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. As a result, one or two will totally satisfy any mid-afternoon energy slumps as well as making the perfect complimentary pre or post-workout nibble.
No. 1 – The Little Green Spoon: Coconut Cacao 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 favourite energy ball recipes.
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
- Desiccated Coconut (90g) – 1 Cup
- Ground Almonds (60g) – 1/2 Cup
- Dates (150g) – 1 Cup
- Cacao Powder – 2 Tablespoons
- Maple Syrup/Honey – 1 Tablespoon
- Pinch of Coarse Salt
- Add the dates to a bowl and pour boiling water over them, then leave them to soak.
- Add the desiccated coconut to your food processor and blitz until you have a really fine dust.
- Pour half of it into a bowl and leave the other half in the food processor.
- Add the ground almonds, cacao powder and salt to the food processor and blitz until combined.
- Drain the dates and add them to the coconut-almond mixture.
- Blitz until blended evenly and you have a crumbly, mushy mixture.
- Add in the tablespoon of sweetener and blitz until you have a smoothish dough.
- Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls, then roll them in the finely ground coconut you kept aside at the start.
- Pop them in the fridge and munch with delight 🙂
No. 2 – Emily’s Acai Cacao Balls
This energy ball recipe comes from Yours Truly and combines two of my favourite ingredients: Cacao and Acai.
Interestingly, the word cacao (theobroma cacao) translates to ‘food of the gods’. And for good reason no? Cacao trees produce fruits (pods) which contain cacao seeds. From these seeds cacao solids and butter are extracted which can be used to make delicious chocolates.
Learn more about cacao here in What’s the Scoop On: Cacao.
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. Overall, these berries are 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 juicier then add them in. The texture won’t be the same but it is better than none at all!)
- Raisins – 1 Tbsp
- Almond Butter – 1 Tbsp
- Raw Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – 1 and 1/2 – 2 Tbsp
- Maple syrup – 1-2 Tbsp (depending on how sweet you want them)
- Cacao powder – 3-4 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp for dusting the outside (rough measurements – use how much covers the balls)
- Cacao nibs – 1-2 Tbsp (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!)
- Acai powder – 1 Tbsp
- A pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt (check if your almond butter has salt – you may want to reduce the pinch size!)
- 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.
- Once everything is combined nicely, use a spoon and roll them into ball shapes.
- Roll them in cacao powder to coat
- 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.
No. 3 – Deliciously Ella – Banana Bread Energy Bites
Deliciously Ella (AKA Ella Woodward) is a health and wellness blogger and the author of several cookbooks.
Ella’s philosophy is all about embracing the natural foods that your body loves and creating fresh, simple dishes which are easy to make and taste amazing.
These morsels of delight are packed full of fibre, plant protein, vitamins and minerals. They all come from 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 this energy ball recipe.
Makes roughly 30 bites
- Almonds – 2 cups
- Medjool Dates – 2 cups (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
- Ground Flaxseed – 1/2 a cup
- Maca Powder – 3 tablespoons
- Chia Seeds – 3 tablespoons
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Store them either in the fridge or freezer.
No. 4 – 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 of 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. This is a great energy ball recipe to sneak in those greens.
Makes roughly 10–12 balls
- Cashew Nuts – 100g
- Pumpkin Seeds – 150g
- Tiny pinch of salt
- Cinnamon – 1 Tsp
- Spirulina powder – 1 Tsp
- Medjoul dates – 200g
- Coconut oil – 2 Tbsp
- Zest of 1 small orange
- Blend the nuts and seeds in a food processor for a minute
- Then add the rest of the ingredients, blend to allow everything to combine
- Roll the mixture into balls and pop them in the fridge.
- 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!!
So there you have it – 4 of our Favourite Energy Ball Recipes to get you through the day!
Enjoy and get munching!!
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