Have you jumped on the energy ball train yet?! If not, trust me you are missing out! I can get enough of them. You all know that I love to start my day with a healthy and delicious breakfast, but I also need to have healthy and delicious snacks throughout the day! That’s why energy balls are so perfect – they’re easy to make, and then you have snacks for days!
While I’m always on the hunt for new energy ball recipes, these three have become my go-to’s. I make a batch of all three at the beginning of the week, and then I have them ready to go! Keep reading because at the bottom of the blog, I share in what order to make all three most efficiently. Haha I have some practice by now! Once you’ve made all your energy balls, keep them in the fridge. I’d say they’ll last about 7-10 days in the fridge – although mine don’t always last that long without being eaten! 😉
Have fun making your energy balls – and eating them too!
Peanut Butter Energy Balls
From the get-go, I’ve loved the energy balls at Freshii. They’re just peanut butter, oats, coconut, and chocolate chip goodness! I really wanted to find a way to recreate them at home to be able to snack on them whenever! I found a similar recipe on Gimme Some Oven, her “No Bake Energy Bites”, and decided to make a few tweaks to it. Needless to say, these energy balls are always a big hit! And now I’ve made them so many times that I don’t even measure things, I just throw everything into a bowl and eye-ball it.
- 1 cup oats
- 2/3 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup honey
In a food processor, grind the oats to break them down a bit (I find this helps my balls stick together better). Put all the ingredients in a bowl, and stir with a spoon until everything comes together. Cover the bowl and let chill in the fridge for about half an hour. Roll into balls and enjoy!
Chocolate Lavender Bliss Balls
My nutritionist Jennifer, from My Edible Advice, gave me the recipe for her “anti-anxiety chocolate truffles” and they are heaven! Jen is also beyond lovely, and while she is on maternity leave right now, if you ever need a nutritionist, I can’t recommend her enough! Jen’s amazing and just the best!! Just like these bliss balls!
They’re perfect when you’re craving a little something sweet (so basically all the time for me haha). The lavender and nuts are also great for anxiety and to calm your nerves, so these little balls have been very helpful snacks to have on hand over the last few months 🙂 I went to a health food store for the lavender and was able to find a bag of the flowers/buds, which is what I use for this recipe.
- 10 dates (pitted)
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup cacao powder (plus more for coating)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp lavender (dried flower)
- 3-4 drops DoTerra lavender essential oil*
- 1 tsp cinnamon (plus more for coating)
In a food processor, grind the walnuts until they’re crumbs (don’t over-mix them or you’ll end up with nut butter). Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture starts to clump. Roll into balls. In a small bowl, mix together a few teaspoons of the cacao powder and cinnamon. Roll the balls in the coating.
*Make sure that you use the DoTerra lavender essential oil, as not all essential oils are high enough quality to ingest.
Back in May, we were on the Sunshine Coast for the weekend and we came across this adorable cafe called Gourmet Girl. It had so many delicious treats, and I fell in love with their raw energy balls! They were the size of my fist and dangerously good! I really wanted to try to recreate them at home (since we’re not on the sunshine coast very often), and while they’re not identical – I’ve added a few extra things to mine – they’re pretty delicious! There are so many healthy superfoods in these balls which make them the perfect, energizing snack!
- 1 cup cashews
- 10 dates (pitted)
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut (plus more for coating)
- 2 tbsp matcha powder
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and process until the mixture starts to clump. I stop the food processor a few times to move the mixture around, just to make sure the cashews get evenly chopped up. Roll into balls, and roll in shredded coconut. If you find your coconut isn’t sticking super well to your balls, rolling the balls first in a bit of coconut oil helps!
Meal-Prep Your Energy Balls!
So if you’re like me and plan to make these all-at-once for the week, this is the order I do things in:
1. Make peanut butter energy balls, put mixture in fridge to set.
2. Make chocolate bliss balls.
3. In same food processor (no need to wash it at any point in these steps!), make the superfood balls.
4. Roll out peanut butter energy balls.
5. Voila! Three kinds of energy balls ready to go for the week!
All these recipes can serve as a base or guideline. Don’t be afraid to play around and make them your own – that’s the fun part! That, and of course, eating them! 😉
Do you have a favourite energy ball recipe? Share a link below!