Oh Yum: Energy Balls

Oh Yum: Energy Balls

Quite possibly the easiest thing on the planet to make, energy balls require little more than some simple ingredients and your hands (if you have a food processor all the better!). No cooking or baking required! These little round wonders look a little like truffles, but unlike candy, they're made specifically to help fill you up with whole grains, nuts, and seeds. There are hundreds upon hundreds of recipes out there, but basically the key is balancing your wet ingredients with your dry to come up with something that will hold together much like a cookie dough.

Pick a combination of your favorite dry ingredients, and mix with some favorite wet ingredients till you get a pliable dough. Roll into a ball, coat with cocoa powder, pulverized freeze-dried fruit, or seeds for a fun topping, or leave them plain and simple. Pop them in the fridge to cool and harden and then store in a baggy or glass container with a lid.

You can grab one whenever the afternoon slump hits or you feel peckish instead of going for the candy, chips, or other guilty pleasures. Moderation is always key, these balls are made up with nutrient dense ingredients. Just because the ingredients are wholesome doesn't mean we get to eat the entire batch in one sitting. ;)

These will keep the freezer for months, or the fridge for a few weeks. Easy to make and convenient too, these babies can be a real life saver. 

Pick Your Dry Ingredients

You can use one, or many from each group to create the flavor and ingredient combination you prefer. Add in spices like cinnamon, cloves, etc. to create apple pie/holiday-themed flavors (replace whole grains with flours if you don't have a food processor):

  • Rolled oats (gluten-free)

  • Chia seeds

  • Flax seeds

  • Flax meal

  • Ground nuts

  • Ground seeds

  • Coconut flakes

  • Cocoa powder

  • Pulverized freeze-dried fruit

  • Protein powder

  • Spices

Pick Your Wet/Sticky Ingredients:

  • Vanilla

  • Nut butter

  • Seed butter

  • Agave nectar

  • Coconut nectar

  • Maple syrup

  • Molasses

  • Medjool dates (you'll need a food processor to combine)

  • Dried fruit (you'll need a food processor to combine)

Pick Your Coating (optional):

  • Pulverized freeze-dried fruit

  • Cocoa powder

  • Coconut flakes

  • Ground nuts

  • Ground seeds

Combine your ingredients by hand, or use a food processor and process until the ingredients are well-mixed and they form a sticky dough. If your mix is too dry, add more a little at a time from your wet ingredients. Too wet? Add more dry ingredients. It's as simple as that! 

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