Cinnamon Banana Energy Balls
As moms we are forever trying to come up with healthy snacks! Truly, it’s a never ending process. Which means that we go through our fair share of energy bars, protein balls and granola. And now there’s one more to add to our list: cinnamon banana energy balls. Full of flavor, no processed sugar and perfect as a grab and go energy boost.
The trick to being a healthy mom is having an ever stocked freezer. Seriously.
At all times my freezer contains an assortment of our favorite bars, balls, muffins and cookies (cookies are a mom necessity to me!). this is crucial because my daughter is, quite literally, always hungry.
It’s pretty obvious she’s a foodie!
Which means that having a freezer full of snacks is a necessity I can’t ignore because that way there is always something healthy to grab when we’re in a pinch- which is always (life with two is busy… who knew?!).
So energy balls are a pretty big staple to us!
If you’ve been reading my blog consistently, you’ll know that my daughter is obsessed with energy balls. It’s all she asks for.. just about every hour 😛 This means two things:
The first is that I’ve learned to sneak just about every superfood into an energy ball.
The second, is that we go through faaaarrr to many dates 😉
Dates are awesome because they help hold bars together and keep them sweet naturally- so no sugar needed. However, there is such an idea as too much of a good thing 😛
And so these banana energy balls are date free!
They do however, have some awesome ingredients.
These energy balls use bananas and maple syrup to keep them sweet. This not only helps them stay together but it also means there’s no reason for added sugars! I rant slightly often about how unnecessary processed sugars are in a toddlers diet- especially firs thing in the morning before school! All it does is cause a crazy crash and impedes concentration and learning abilities.
Therefore these energy balls are naturally sweetened and really, banana cinnamon is a deliciously decadent combo 😀
Along with the natural sugars, these balls also have some flaxseed and almond butter in them which provides a nice dose of healthy fats. Flaxseed is high in omega three fatty acids which helps to reduce inflammation. And almonds have a lot o nutrients, one of them being calcium which is perfect for growing bodies!
Another fun perk about flaxseeds is that, like chia seeds, they absorb liquid! When combined with water, flax meal creates a gel like substance and can actually replace eggs in many recipes.
So between the flax, brown rice syrup and almond butter these balls are sticky but hold together nicely!
These banana cinnamon balls have a beautiful balance. They contain natural energy boosting sugars to give you a bit of a pick me up but also complex carbohydrates and healthy fats to slow the sugar release and keep you full.
Energy balls keep well in the freezer and mae quick, easy, grab and go snacks. My daughter would eat energy balls all day if she could but it’s nice to know that in them she gets some nutrition!
Ingredients In Banana Energy Balls
- 1 banana
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed
- 1.5 tablespoons Almond butter
- 2 tablespoons Brown rice syrup
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons Shredded Coconut
Note: this recipe can be made nut free by subbing in sunbutter in place of almond- perfect for school snacks!
How To Bake Cinnamon Banana Balls
In a bowl, mash bananas and vanilla extract until combined.
Add in the next three ingredients into the bowl and mix.
In another bowl, melt the almond butter and syrups together.
Pour wet into dry and mix until everything looks sticky.
Stir in the coconut.
Line a board with parchment paper and grease your hands with coconut oil.
Portion and roll the mixture into small balls. The balls will be sticky and wet so roll until just combined.
Place on the parchment paper and let set in the freezer for 60 minutes.
Makes 16 balls.
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Cinnamon Banana Energy Balls
Banana energy balls are an easy no bake recipe and a healthy snack. They contain no processed sugars, will keep you fueled and are perfect for a grab and go boost