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There are lots of different versions of energy balls or natural snacks out there but I prefer to make my own. That way I can avoid processed sugars but I don't have to suppress my cravings for peanut butter and chocolate! These bites are egg free, dairy free and gluten free if you use gluten free oats. Enjoy!
6 people made this
- 340g honey
- 120ml coconut oil
- 45g cocoa powder
- 160g porridge oats
- 270g no added sugar natural peanut butter
- 75g desiccated coconut
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
MethodPrep:10min ›Extra time:20min cooling › Ready in:30min
- Combine honey, coconut oil and cocoa powder in a small pot and bring to the boil; cook for 2 minutes, then remove from heat. Stir in oats, peanut butter, coconut and vanilla extract; mix until peanut butter has melted.
- Drop the mixture by spoonful onto greaseproof paper. Set aside to cool until firm, about 20 minutes.
Try maple syrup in place of honey for a slightly different taste or a vegan version.
Shape into balls
You can drop the mixture by the spoonful onto greaseproof paper; let them cool slightly, then roll into balls using the palm of your hand if you like.
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by Joanna Lansford
Tasted amazing! If you want to have higher nutritional value, skip the stove step and just mix it all up in a bowl and after dropping on wax paper, put it in the freezer! My family loved it!-13 Jun 2013
My mom and I made the original no-bake cookies many times while I was growing up. I always loved them, but I haven't made them in a long, long time. When I came across this recipe, I decided to give it a try and see if they were as good as what I remember the originals to be. We loved this recipe. It's not too sweet. I used a little less than a cup of honey which was perfect for our tastes. I also added a couple tablespoons ground flaxseed meal, and I doubled the vanilla. I used natural crunchy peanut butter. The texture is softer than the original, but they set just fine. The texture is great...creamy and a little chewy from the oats. This one's a keeper for us. I think it would work great with agave or brown rice syrup, too.-11 Mar 2013
I liked that these were healthier than the regular no bake cookies. I have heard so much about the health benefits of coconut oil but this was the first time that I had used it in a recipe. These were quick and easy to make! Thanks for sharing your recipe.-08 Feb 2013
5 Delicious Medjool Date Energy Ball Recipes That Are Better Than Dessert
Your snacks should be tasty and energizing. That's why we've partnered with Natural Delights™ Medjool Dates to share the best energy ball recipes for enhancing your on-the-go lifestyle.
Are you ready for a dessert that doubles as fuel for your busy schedule? Thanks to their sweet, satisfying, and vitality-boosting ingredients, energy balls are the ultimate 2018 snack trend for fitness buffs and multitaskers alike who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing flavor. Whether you prefer a classic peanut butter and chocolate combination or a fresh lemon-coconut flavor, energy balls are ideal for snacking and workout fuel. And the most mouthwatering energy ball recipes you can whip up in minutes all feature one key ingredient: Medjool dates! With their delicious natural sweetness and high level of potassium to boost muscle recovery after a workout, Natural Delights™ Medjool Dates pack a two-for-one punch of nutrient density and flavor. Read on to discover your new favorite energy ball recipes, and scroll down to see professional mountain biker Rose Grant's personal favorite below!
Why you'll love this recipe.
These bliss balls are made with all natural ingredients you can feel good about. If you're trying to cut down your sugar, feel free to leave out the chocolate chips.
Here's what you'll need to make these at home (full measurements listed in the printable recipe card below).
- Medjool Dates
- Desiccated Coconut / Finely Shredded Coconut (Unsweetened)
- Cocoa Powder
- Chocolate Chips - Milk or Dark
11 Energy Balls to Try
These energy balls are so easy to make. In fact, I routinely task my kids to make these for the family. They are no-bake and most of the ingredients are already pre-chopped, so perfect for little hands to assemble. Here are 11 of my favorite recipes for you to try:
**NEW** Spiced Almond Butter Balls
These almond butter bites are lighter compared to many other nut-based options that are packed with heavier nuts, raisins, dates, and other ingredients.
Blueberry Snack Balls
If you love a good blueberry muffin, you&rsquoll appreciate the flavor in this nut-free energy ball. First, sunflower butter is mixed with high-fiber oatmeal along with coconut oil for healthy fats. Next, add in a touch of honey and some dried blueberries, and you have a perfect snack!
Banana Chocolate No-Bake Energy Balls
This tasty recipe from Organize Yourself Skinny uses ripe banana to sweeten the balls. Combined with flaxseed, almond butter, oats, and chocolate chips, this will quickly become a family favorite!
Chocolate Protein Balls
If you love chocolate like I do, you&rsquove got to give these chocolate protein balls a try! This version has almond butter and cocoa, so it is reminiscent of an almond butter cup. You can easily swap the almond butter for peanut butter for an entirely different flavor too!
Cookie Dough Energy Bites
This awesome energy bite recipe from Pinch of Yum tastes like peanut butter cookie dough with chocolate chips mixed in&mdashwhat&rsquos not to love about that?
5-Minute Peanut Butter Snack Balls
This recipe is one of my favorites of all time. If you are looking for a simple snack that your kids are guaranteed to love, start here with these peanut butter energy balls! Plus, you can easily experiment with add-ins and let each child choose what they would like best.
No-Bake Chocolate Cashew Energy Bites
I love cashews, and this recipe from The Kitchen Girl combines them with one of my other favorite flavors&hellipchocolate! These vegan balls are sweetened with dates and maple syrup, and if you use GF oats they are gluten free too.
Peanut Butter Date Energy Balls
These energy bites have a yummy combination of peanut butter and chocolate but are sweetened naturally with dates. All you need is 5 minutes of time and you will have a delicious, healthy snack.
Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Quinoa Balls
If you are looking for a way to enjoy your chocolate guilt-free, look no further than these snack balls from Simply Quinoa. These yummy bites have dates and pecans combined with quinoa and chocolate for a perfectly balanced treat.
Chocolate Mint Balls
It&rsquos hard to beat the classic combination of chocolate and mint. These energy balls are the perfect thing to make when you are in the mood for something minty and fresh. Plus, these balls are naturally sweetened with date and have the addition of shredded coconut, so they are absolutely loaded with flavor.
Vanilla Peanut Butter Bliss Balls
Not a chocolate fan? That&rsquos okay. You can easily make your energy balls with vanilla flavor like this recipe from No Spoon Necessary. This 6-ingredient snack is chewy and flavorful, sans chocolate.
Matcha Green Tea Energy Bites
I start almost every day with a matcha green tea latte&hellipI absolutely love the flavor. In fact, I was craving some more matcha when I had the great idea to make a matcha green tea energy bite. I&rsquom happy to say it turned out amazing!
Just pin it below to find the recipe list later!
Dear mom, I have so much more I’d love to share with you…
Filed Under: Recipes, Snacks Tagged With: dairy-free option, energy balls, gluten-free option Published on August 14, 2020
Peanut Butter Energy Balls
No Bake Energy Bites are made with only a handful of ingredients like creamy peanut butter, dates for natural sugar, and hemp seeds. These power balls are vegan, gluten free, and dairy free. Peanut Butter Energy Balls are the perfect grab and go snack!
These Peanut Butter Energy Balls are the Perfect Snack to Keep Around
Of course, the first post of 2021 has to be a healthy recipe. We all make that beginning of the year vow to eat healthier in January. I back you on it 100% and support you because I’m right there with you. Why not start this year off right? Add in more fresh fruits and veggies and whole foods over processed foods into our diets. It’s a small way to start making healthful choices in the future.
I need snacks that are easy to prepare AND taste good, so that when I start reaching for sweets or croutons (is it weird that croutons are my fave snack?), I reach for these peanut butter balls instead.
These Bites are Full of Wholesome Ingredients and are Vegan, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free
You may call these Energy Bites or Protein Balls. They are typically made with a variety of ingredients, but I’ve found that a bunch of recipes had a ton of honey added. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I wanted to make some that were vegan and without a ton of added sugar.
So, in place of sugar in this recipe, we use natural whole dates. Dates are also the glue that helps these bad boys stick together.
I especially like these bites (and my family does too) because not only are they full of wholesome ingredients, but they’re delicious, too. We often have arguments over who gets to eat the last one, even after making a double batch. Luckily, the last one can always be split in half between my two kiddos. Gotta keep things EXACTLY equal around here.
These are a Healthy Poppable Snack That you Will Need a Food Processor or Blender to Make
These energy balls are super easy to make (and even easier to eat). Soak the dates in hot water, put them in the food processor (without the water) with peanut butter and oats. Blend it up till it’s smooth and uniformly chopped up. Form into balls and roll in hemp seeds.
It’s so easy to store these in your fridge so that you have a healthy snack on hand to easily grab. They are also great to take with you to eat on the go and these nutritious ingredients will help you feel fuller longer.
These Are The Best Energy Balls to Make for a Grab and Go Snack
Why Make Your Own Energy Balls?
I like knowing what’s in my food. By making your own power balls you know that there are only whole foods in them and you aren’t consuming any weird ingredients. You are in control of how much sugar and salt get added.
Are Hemp Seeds Good for You?
Hemp seeds also know as hemp hearts have a nutty-type flavor and kind of taste like sunflower seeds. Besides being delicious, my favorite thing about them is they are high in protein. Three tablespoons have almost 10 grams of protein, which is fabulous for a plant-based diet. It’s optional to roll the energy balls in hemp seeds. You could roll in chia seeds instead.
How to Make Almond Butter Energy Balls
Now that we know about all the ingredients, let&rsquos put them together!
The procedure is actually pretty simple. Start out by mixing the ingredients in a large bowl.
You&rsquoll want to mix them really well so that everything is combined. The batter may look a little wet and sticky, but that&rsquos ok!
That means you&rsquore energy balls are going to be a good constituency, and they won&rsquot dry out.
Next, you&rsquoll roll the ingredients into tablespoon-sized balls.
You can choose to do this with your hands or with the help of a cookie scoop like this.
Once you have rolled all of the energy balls, you need to put them in the refrigerator.
Lay a sheet of parchment paper on a plate and place the energy balls on the plate. Pop the plate in the refrigerator and wait patiently.
They will need to chill for at least two hours.
Why do we do this? This step helps the balls &ldquoset up.&rdquo The wet parts of the batter are being absorbed into the coconut flour and flaxseed.
This is an important step and will prevent them fall apart when you try to eat them.
Homemade No Bake Fig Newton Bites
A healthy twist on the classic fig newton cookies, your entire family will love these no-bake fig newton bites that are naturally gluten-free, vegan and paleo-friendly. The perfect on the go snack for an energy boost!
We were never a big dessert family growing up. Perhaps this explains my lack of sweet tooth as an adult! We usually had dried apricots, dates, fresh apples or raisins as “dessert”. We were more likely to end the evening with Sleepy Time Tea than a piece of pie.
One item that would appear in the pantry from time to time was fig newtons. (PS: Did you know they aren’t called fig newtons anymore? They are now called Newtons – fig flavor. Who knew?)
As much as I adore those little cookies and my childhood memories, when I see the 25 ingredients (. ) listed on the back of the package, I remember there are certain aspects of my childhood that I don’t wish to repeat.
The good news is that my no-bake version doesn’t require you to turn on the oven and is jam-packed with sweet fig flavor. My sugar-loving husband and kids made a beeline to these beauties and couldn’t stop eating them which is always a good sign.
As an added bonus, each bite is full of heart-healthy omega 3 fats from the walnuts and flax seed. Plus they each have a good dose of protein to keep blood sugars stabilized. Figs are also an excellent source of fiber, potassium and B vitamins.
What is your favorite childhood cookie? I’d love to hear from you!
Anytime Superfood Surge: Mean Green Power Balls
Makes: 14 balls
These rich-tasting balls pack a power punch of nutrition and contain plenty of fiber to keep your system running smoothly. The natural cocoa and greens powder contain a bevy of antioxidants, while hempseeds deliver a payload of heart-healthy omega-3’s. Bonus: The dried figs are a rich source of bone-boosting calcium.
- Trade almond butter for cashew or sunflower butter.
- Replace hempseeds with sunflower seeds.
- Use dried plums or dates instead of figs.
- 1 cup dried figs, stems trimmed
- ¾ cup unsalted almonds
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 3 tbsp hempseeds (hemp hearts)
- 2 tbsp raw (natural) cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp greens powder of choice, such as Amazing Grass
- ⅛ tsp salt
Place figs in a bowl, cover with hot water and soak 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Add almonds to a food processor container and chop into small pieces. Add figs and remaining ingredients and process until mixture sticks together when pinched between your fingers. Using damp hands, roll mixture into 1-inch balls.
Nutrition Facts (per serving = 2 balls): calories 244, fat 15 g, carbs 25 g, fiber 5 g, sugar 16 g, protein 7 g, sodium 47 mg
Irresistible Recipes for Protein and Energy Balls
It takes just 10 minutes, from start to finish, to prepare a batch of Eating Bird Food's ridiculously nutritious dried fruit, oat, and almond butter balls. Aim for an energy ball that offers 200&ndash250 calories and 10&ndash15 grams of protein for the perfect nutrient mix, says Erin Thole, R.D., spokesperson for the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics based in Des Moines, Iowa.
104 calories, 2 grams protein
How to make Peanut Butter Coconut Balls
Usually, to make energy balls, you would need a food processor. But these Peanut Butter Coconut Balls require no extra equipment – only mixing bowl and spatula.
- Start with preparing and measuring all ingredients using measuring cups .
- In a large mixing bowl add honey, peanut butter and vanilla. Mix using spatula or whisk until you get nice tick and sticky mixture.
- Add in oats, coconut flakes, cinnamon and hemp seeds. Mix everything together using spatula.
- Using a spoon, scoop out the dough and roll between your palms to form a little bite-size ball. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Place balls on a plate, serving tray or in an airtight container and refrigerate to harden.
- Makes 10-12 (big, around two-bites) balls. Recommended serving size is 1 ball.
- If peanut butter is too hard, microwave it for a few seconds to soften.
- Use natural soft peanut butter. Crunchy won’t work well here.
- If you notice that mixture is to dry and crumbly, add a teaspoon of warm water.
- If coconut flakes are too large (chunky), you can shred them in a grinder or food processor.
- Substitute ground HEM SEEDS with ground chia seeds or flax seeds.
- You can add 2 scoops of protein powder or collagen powder to boost proteins.
- Substitute HONEY with maple syrup or date syrup.
- You can substitute peanut butter with almond butter, or any nut butter or nut-free butter.
- FOR GLUTEN-FREE: Use certified gluten-free oats.
- FOR VEGAN: Use maple syrup.
Tips for storing
- Keep covered in air-tight food container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
- HOW TO FREEZE: Place balls in a zip-lock bag. Keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw for 10 minutes on room temperature.
Everything about these Peanut Butter Coconut Balls is absolutely amazing. They are:
- no-bake and made with only few simple pantry ingredients,
- full of high-quality dietary fibers that promote good digestion, weight loss, and a healthy digestive system,
- loaded with proteins,
- rich in healthy omega-3s,
- free of refined sugars,
- gluten-free and vegan,
- low in calories, kid-friendly and very satisfying,
- perfect post-workout energizing bite,
- perfect everyday snack for whole family.
These coconut energy bites are in one word PERFECT. Sweet, chewy, filled with wonderful flavors. Energizing and mood boosting. And totally guilt-free. I love to have one or two balls in the morning before my yoga practice. Hope you'll find them delicious too. Enjoy!