The catch with these energy balls is that they can be fairly calorie dense- so like anything else you want to be mindful of portion size and portion control.
These protein energy balls are gluten free and dairy free- and also vegan. They’re also a source of fiber, and of course energy. You can also customize this recipe to suit your taste buds or needs- swap out the seeds or nut butter for others hut keep the same recipe measurements.
Enjoy this tasty recipe!
Protein Energy Balls
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Makes: 8-10 protein balls (1 serving = 1 protein energy ball)
- 1 cup of organic oats (gluten free oats if accessible)
- ½ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes or shavings
- 1 tbsp. organic honey, or agave nectar
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. of seeds of choice (hemp, pumpkin)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ cup of organic peanut butter (sub almond, walnut or cashew butter)
- (optional) a few raisins!
- Add oats, coconut shreds, honey, chia seeds, seed of choice, and cinnamon into a mixing bowl (and a few raisins if you choose!).
- In a separate bowl, using a double boiler (15 seconds or less) or in the microwave- warm up the peanut butter slightly then add to the bowl.
- Mix ingredients together with a spoon until well mixed (likely the mixture will not be homogenous- but well mixed is perfect).
- Using your hands, form balls from the mixture (about 2” in diameter) – should make about 8-10 balls depending on how big you make them then place on a tray or plate.
- Refrigerate the balls for 20-30 minutes to help them set and maintain structure.
- Enjoy the energy balls at your convenience- and when you’re not eating them, store in the fridge for best texture and shape.
About the author!
Pauline Fitzgerald is a Contributing Writer and Intern here at ISN and we’re so excited to have her working with us! Pauline is a Journalism Major at the University of Alabama and has a great passion for nutrition and wellness. Growing up in an Italian household, Pauline was exposed all types of food, and a healthy balanced lifestyle. Pauline loves to cook, try new recipes and learn about the benefits that each fruit and vegetable holds for the body; she also loves to try new exercise routines, and loves to share her passion!