They’re easy to make, they’re so cute and little, but man do they pack a punch when you bite into these delicious treats. You guessed it, we are talking about Energy balls! I bet we all wish we had a little more energy to get us through the day and that’s exactly what these homemade snacks do! We’ve got 10 totally tasty Energy Ball Recipes, so you can make a quick, simple, and healthy snack to munch on during the day!
1. NO-BAKE ENERGY BITES
- 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1” in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
- Makes about 20-25 balls.
2. CRANBERRY PISTACHIO ENERGY BITES
- 8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
- 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds or wheat germ
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
- 1 cup shelled pistachio nuts
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
- Combine the dates, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined. You should be able to stir the mixture — if it is too thick, add in another tablespoon or two of honey.
- Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, pistachios, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.
- Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)
3. PUMPKIN PIE COOKIE DOUGH ENERGY BALLS
- ¼ c pumpkin puree
- ¼ c maple syrup
- ½ c peanut butter, warmed slightly
- ½ c oats
- 2 scoops (60 g) vanilla protein powder
- 2 T Ground Flax Seed
- 2 T Chia Seeds
- ¼ c cashews, ground finely
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Optional: Crushed almonds, cocoa powder to roll balls in.
- Blend the cashews and oats in a food processor or high speed blender until they’re a fine powder. Be careful not to blend too much, as you will have cashew butter.
- In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin puree, maple syrup and peanut butter. Still until combined.
- Add oats, protein powder, ground flax seed, chia seeds, cashews and pumpkin pie spice to pumpkin mixture. Stir until well combined.
- Roll into ¾” size balls. Roll in toppings of choice, if desired. If dough is stick, place dough in fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour until well chilled. It will be much easier to work with!
4. BANANA COCOA ENERGY BALLS
- 1 cup nature box banana chips
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup cocoa
- ½ cup chunky peanut butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Crush the banana chips with the back of a butter knife and add to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the oats and cocoa to the banana chips and mix together.
- Add the peanut butter and honey and stir well.
- Place in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes.
- Once chilled, remove from the refrigerator and form small 1-inch balls with your hands.
5. PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP ENERGY BITES
- 1 cup oats
- 1/3 cup clover honey
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate or white chocolate – whatever you like!)
- 1/4 cup roasted peanuts (chopped)
- add all ingredients into a bowl, mix together well and refrigerate for about 10 minutes
- while dough is in the refrigerator, line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- remove dough and scoop 2 tbsp. out, rolling in hands and placing on the parchment paper
- store in the fridge and take with you as needed for a perfect on-the-go snack!
6. CHOCOLATE CHERRY WALNUT ENERGY BALLS
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup oats
- ¼ cup flax seed meal
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup walnuts - chopped
- ¼ cup dried cherries - chopped
- In a medium ball, whisk together peanut butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
- Stir in oats, flax seed meal, chocolate chips, walnuts and cherries.
- Using a small ice cream scoop or two spoons, roll into evenly sized balls and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
- Chill balls 30 minutes (or longer) to set before serving.
7. TRAIL MIX ENERGY BITES
- 1 cup whole grain crispy puffed rice cereal or old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanuts or almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped pretzels
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
- Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. (This step is important — it makes the mixture easier to shape.)
- Remove and shape into small 1-inch balls, or press into the bottom of a parchment-lined baking pan to make granola bars.
- Enjoy immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
- It is not essential that these be refrigerated, but it helps the balls to keep their shape.
8. CHICKPEA COOKIE DOUGH BALLS
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 c. maple syrup
- 2 heaping Tbsp nut butter
- 1/4 c. oats
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 c. dark chocolate chips
- (optional for chocolate version) 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- Combine all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in the food processor until smooth.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Roll into balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, or until set.
9. MUESLI MAPLE PB ENERGY BITES
- 1 Lb. All Natural Muesli Mix (ingredients in the notes)
- 1 Cup of Chopped Unsalted Peanuts (or any other nuts)
- 1 additional Cup of your favorite dry fruit (or you can add more than 1 kind)
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup natural creamy Peanut butter (or any other nut butter such as almond or hazelnut butter)
- 2 tablespoons Pure organic Maple Syrup
- 2 tablespoon pure honey
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine maple syrup, honey peanut butter, canola oil, and brown sugar. Stir and cook until mixture just begins to bubble, about 3 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine muesli mix, peanuts, dry fruits and salt.
- Pour peanut butter mixture over dry mixture and stir gently with a spatula until well combined.
- Take about 2 Tablespoons of mixture and with palm of your hand start to form little ball size of a golf ball—you can make even smaller or bigger. Press tightly until it can stay in ball form. Place carefully in the container with the lid and in the fridge.
- Allow to cool completely in the refrigerator for 30 or more minutes.
- Once set, it is ready for eating.
- This could be in the fridge for up to 3 days and in the freezer (airtight container) for up to a month.
10. COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE PALEO BALLS
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 hazelnuts
- 5-6 dates, pitted
- 1/4 unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2-3 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1-2 Tbsp coffee, ground
- 2-4 Tbsp coconut milk or coconut oil, melted
- Combine nuts and seeds in Vitamix or food processor. Blend until a fine flour. Remove.
- Put dates and coconut in Vitamix and blend until a smooth paste in formed.
- Return nuts, add cocoa and coffee, and mix well.
- Add coconut milk or oil and blend until desired consistentcy is reached.
- Form into balls.
- Store in refrigerator.