No-bake Healthy Energy Balls
Healthy energy balls have been my go-to snack for years now. They’re so easy and quick to make and they save forever in the fridge. As a result, I always make them in bulk batches and have a few of them right before my workout. The best part is that you can use any nut butter, add-ins, and toppings you like!
I love these healthy energy balls because they’re dense in fats and free of refined carbs. Fats increase satiety and provide a slow release of energy compared to carbs. It has also been shown that fats are not addictive while refined carbs are. This is due to the fact that carbs stimulate regions in the brain responsible for cravings and addiction and also due to your gut microbiome. I explain this in my microbiome blog that you definitely need to read!
These healthy energy balls are one of the many recipes I include in the 6-week customized meal plans I offer. I take personal care to make sure your sustainable plan includes delicious recipes that fit the macros you need to get the body you want.
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No-Bake Healthy Energy Balls
Yields 14 medium balls. One ball without any toppings and dates is 130.8 calories with 8.2g fats, 10.1g carbs, and 4.1g protein.
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (92g)
- 1/2 cup all-natural cashew, almond, or peanut butter (186g)
- 97g dried fruit (optional)
- 2 tbsp. flax meal (14g)
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds (12g)
- 1 tbsp. hemp hearts (10g)
- 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
Optional Add-ins and Toppings
- Chopped nuts
- Shredded coconut
- Mini chocolate chips
- Bee pollen
- Cocoa powder
- Place the oats in a blender and pulse a few times, just to break the oats down slightly. This will make rolling the balls easier.
- Mix all the dry ingredients and any dried fruit or chocolate you want in a bowl.
- Mix the nut butter and maple syrup together in a separate bowl. If your nut butter or maple syrup is too thick, I recommend heating them in the microwave for 10 seconds to make them runny and easy to mix.
- Add the dry ingredients to the nut butter and maple syrup. Mix with your hands to evenly combine the ingredients.
- Divide the mixture into 14 balls, rolling and pressing gently with your palms. Roll the balls in any ingredients you want then store them in the fridge in a container for up to 2 weeks.
- I used 97g of finely chopped dates and almond butter. I have also made these with dried cranberries, dark mini chocolate chips, and peanut butter and they all taste great.
- You can change which seeds you use. I used flax, hemp, and chia seeds but you can always use just one of those or a different combination of other seeds.
- I rolled my balls in dark cocoa powder, bee pollen, and toasted coconut chips.