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Energy Balls! A Satisfying Nutrient-Packed Snack

Nutrition and RecipesAnnie CannonComment

Let's talk about energy balls.

These little guys are so delicious and much more satisfying than all those wheat flour-laden goodies at the coffee shop.

They can be made in so many different ways but energy balls typically contain:

  • ground oats or nuts,
  • a nut butter,
  • a sweetener such as dates, honey, maple syrup, or dried/fresh fruit,

and sometimes:

  • ground flax seed, hemp seed, or other seeds,
  • shredded coconut,
  • protein powder, 
  • cocoa powder,
  • vanilla extract or other extracts, and/or
  • spices like cinnamon and cardamom.

They typically DO NOT contain wheat flour, dairy or eggs, and do not need to be baked!

Have these as that 10:30 am or 4:30 pm pick-me-up, or during a long hike or workout to sustain energy. They take less than 10 minutes to make and contain a great combo of protein, fibre, carbohydrates, and fats. One energy ball is typically around 100 calories depending on how big you make them.

Be mindful about how much sugar is going into your energy balls though, as this can easily turn into a dessert. Try to find recipes with lower levels of sugar/carbohydrates listed in the nutritional information to avoid spiking your blood sugar.

Tip: If eating low-carb, try and find a tasty combination of spices to replace the sweetener with. This may change the consistency though, so you may need to add more nut butter.

How to make the energy balls pictured (adapted from Blentec Almond Joy Energy Bites):

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups oats (if gluten-free, make sure your oats are certified GF)
  • 3 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup almond butter (I used peanut butter as I was out of almond butter)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup hulled hemp seed

Directions:

  1. Add oats, ground flax and cocoa powder to blender or food processor. Blend/process for about 10 seconds.
  2. Add almond butter, vanilla, honey and hemp seed. Blend/process for 20 seconds. You will likely have to scrape down the sides of your blender/processor a few times and/or finish mixing by hand.
  3. Shape into 1" balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
  4. Enjoy your satisfying snack and try not to eat them all in one day!

Makes about 18 balls.

Nutritional info for Blentec Almond Joy Energy Bites:

  • Servings 18.0
  • Serving Size 1 energy bite
  • Calories 100
  • Sodium 10 mg
  • Carbohydrates 10 g
  • Fiber 2 g
  • Fat 7 g
  • Sugar 5 g
  • Saturated Fat 2 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg

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- Dr. Annie