Easy Recipe for Energy Balls that are loaded with plant based protein, fiber and healthy fats. A great pick-me-up!
‘Tis the season for being over-scheduled. It’s December and everything seems to be on fast forward! Am I right, or am I right? Moving just a bit to quickly in every category, and what’s missing tends to be energy. Hectic times call for taking the time to properly nourish. Simple energy bites can be made in less than 10 minutes and will provide the energy you need without the crash that comes from indulging in sugary processed food.
Energy bites are easy to make with just a few pantry staples and a food processor. You can whip up a batch and throw them in the fridge or the freezer.
Simple Energy Bites to the rescue!
- Do you need a last minute gift? The edible kind are the best. Pop a few of these in a jar, tie a ribbon around and start gifting.
- Running out the door with no time to make a healthy breakfast.
- That long car ride to visit relatives for the holiday.
- Lack of stamina to power through the afternoon and make it until dinnertime.
- Your energy waning and your session at the gym is coming up.
- You left it all on the mat at the gym and now need a post work-out pick me up.
- That 3-7pm crunch filled with after school activities and no time to run home for a healthy snack.
There is so much to love about this recipe. I look for wholesome and healthy ingredients in my snacks. Protein and Fiber are must have’s for steady energy and satiety. They have great texture and taste, which means everyone will love these simple energy bites. This healthy snack has numerous benefits as well. Move over halva bliss balls, there’s a new girl in town…and she’s got a lot going on.
Simple Energy Bites are:
- Good for weight control.
- A great source of Omega 3s, antioxidants and healthy fats.
- Good for your gut.
- Full of soluble fiber which helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
- An awesome source of plant based protein.
- A wonderful addition to a diet focused on healthy aging.
- Loaded with antioxidants which help in disease prevention.
Since simple energy bites are no bake and are made with pantry staples, you can whip up a batch of these ON DEMAND. This is a huge bonus during a busy season. If you’re looking for nourishing dinner inspo, try no beef stew or cauliflower lentil soup. Quick. Simple. Satisfying.
- 6 fresh medjool dates, pitted*
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup organic rolled oats
- ½ cup coarsely ground flax seeds
- 3 oz. dark chocolate*, coarsely chopped. (approximately ½ cup)
- ¼ cup unsweetened and unsulfured dried cherries*
- ½ cup smooth nut or seed butter (I used sunflower seed butter)**
- ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt
- Place dates, nuts, oats and flax in bowl of food processor. Process until crumbly.
- Add in remaining ingredients and blend until well mixed.
- Form into 1-inch balls.
- Makes 30 1-inch energy bites, unless you tend to taste the batter while scooping, then it may make about 2 dozen.
DATES: I like to buy them with the pits still in because they tend to be moister. If your dates are dry, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes to plump them up, then drain and proceed with recipe as written.
NUT BUTTER: Look for a brand that has only the nut or seed of choice…with no added sweetener or processed oil. Make sure you THOROUGHLY stir the jar before using. Otherwise your energy bites may be too sticky or too dry because of inconsistency in texture.
DARK CHOCOLATE: I used 70%
DRIED FRUIT: Use YOUR Favorite kind. Make sure it is without sulfer or sweetener.
Serving Size:1 ball
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g