We love healthy snacks!
Protein energy balls make for a great snack pre-workout, at the beach, with you on your travels, between meals or anywhere else you’re looking for something tasty and satisfying!
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.
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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!