These little balls (insert giggle here) make the perfect on-the-go snack or treat as they are so yummy, high in protein and packed with nutrient rich foods. They’re naturally sweet, and the best part is, they are very simple to make! I enjoy them as an afternoon snack with a cup of green tea for a little boost of energy to avoid an afternoon lull.
We have provided a recipe below, but please know that you can adjust the recipe to your liking! The basis of this recipe is essentially oats, nut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup, and then you get to create different flavours based on what nuts, seeds and dried fruit you have in your cupboard. You can change up the type of nut butter you use (e.g. almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, pumpkin seed butter), and feel free to swap raw local honey for maple syrup. I’ve made a dark chocolate almond cranberry version (almond butter, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and vegan dark chocolate chips), tropical coconut balls (coconut flakes, cashews, dried pineapple), and “Everything Balls” (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp hearts, raisins, and cacao nibs).
Some recipes I have seen call for flaxmeal instead of coconut flour, but I find when using chia seeds, that these little guys soak up so much extra moisture that coconut flour isn’t really needed. You even can pack extra protein into these energy balls by using protein powder instead of coconut flour! Since these energy balls don’t need to be baked, they are somewhat fool proof. And worse comes to worse, use your creation as granola.
So, go ahead, experiment and get your hands dirty!
- 1 cup of oats
- ½ cup of peanut butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
- 1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour (or a scoop of protein powder!)
- ½ cup of sunflower seeds
- ½ cup vegan dark chocolate chips (or cacao nibs for less sugar)
- ¼ cup dried cherries
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut