Energy Balls (or energy bites) are an easy, quick mix and no bake snack that can be made from everyday ingredients but provide a healthy snack option instead of going for a high sugar, high fat snack.
They can have ingredients included for therapeutically properties like increasing your iron intake or protein. High protein snacks will keep you feeling fuller for longer and give you more energy over a longer period of time.
What ingredients you will need
In general, most of these ingredients can be substituted for what you have.
- Nuts: Cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds, hemp
- Seeds: Pumpkin, sesame, chia, sunflower, flax
- Dried Fruit: Apricots, apples, dates (although they are higher in sugar than fresh), prunes, raisins, sultanas, cranberries
- Fresh fruit: Medjool dates, carrots, bananas, apple, raspberries, oranges (and other citrus)
- Spices: Cinnamon, dry ginger, ground cloves, allspice, nutmeg
- Pantry Supplies: Protein powder, cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder, blackstrap molasses, almond butter, peanut butter and other nut butters, tahini, oats, coconut, coconut oil, sea salt, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, wheatgerm, quinoa, protein powder (flavoured optional), honey, vanilla extract, coconut flour, cacao nibs (or chocolate chips), peppermint extract, orange extract
(NOTE: If a recipe uses honey, to make it vegan, substitute with maple syrup.)
what equipment you’ll need
Mostly all you will need to make these recipes is a food processor or small electric blitzer to blitz the ingredients together into a sticky paste to form the energy ball. Scoop out mixture with a spoon or small ice cream scoop and place on a tray in the refrigerator to chill. They are suitable to freeze as well.
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