How To Make Homemade Energy Balls + The Best Recipe Ever
There is a light possibility my daughter is addicted to homemade energy balls. Okay, more than slight, it’s a full on issue 😀 The truth is, keeping a stash of homemade energy balls means that you always have something healthy, fueling and most importantly quick to give your kids. For my daughter, she loves these chocolate coconut ones the best but truth be told.. she’ll eat any energy ball possible!
I’ve mentioned before that the key to keeping good habits is to always be prepared. And for a mom, being prepared means always, always having snacks on hand!
My daughter is only two but the truth is, she is a crazy #foodie. Truly, she wants to eat All. The. Time. This wouldn’t be an issue if I let her mow down on cheerios and goldfish, but that’s not my thing. Which means that I need to have quick snacks on hand 24/7.
And homemade energy balls are the most popular snack of choice.
Seriously. When I’m prepping energy balls, I make 30-50 at a time because it’s just that much easier. Since dates don’t freeze all the way, you can actually just grab them right out of the freezer and pop them in your mouth!
But the biggest perk of homemade energy balls is that they are no bake. Which means they’re super quick to make! It’s actually rare that I even follow a recipe anymore, I just put a bunch of random superfoods together and see what comes about!
Ninety percent of the time they taste pretty good, and so I thought I’d share my system 🙂 Oh, and the healthiest energy balls you’ve ever had!
There are two main ingredients in my homemade energy balls:
- Nuts or oats
Dates are used as the base of the balls because when blended, they help keep everything together. They turn into a big, sticky paste. In order for this to occur though, you must soak the dates in warm water for 15-20min.
The other reason that they are one of the main ingredients is because dates are full of natural sugars! This is a huge perk because the dates are what gives you a shot of energy (sugar release) when you consume the balls. They’re also extremely sweet so kids love them because they make the balls taste like a treat.
Dates are also a great source of fiber and help keep kids (and adults!) “regular”. For tips and tricks on helping kids poop, you can check out this blog post.
And along with a host of vitamins and nutrients, dates are decently high in protein- something we constantly need to replenish.
The other main ingredient is nuts. I personally like to use almonds or walnuts as the base but that’s just preference. You can use any nut you enjoy. Though if you want the goal of your homemade energy balls to be “health” stay away from using peanuts. Peanuts are high in omega six fatty acids which help promote inflammation.
If you’re not using nuts, you can most definitely use oats! Oats give the balls a bit more substance and help hold them together. Plus, they’re full of fiber so it’s a win.
Quick Tip: if using just nuts, add in some coconut flour with them (2-3 tbs). The coconut flour helps absorb the liquid and bind the balls together much more firmly.
Regardless of whether you use oats or nuts, both help slow the sugar release from the dates.
So you have your two main ingredients, now what?
Now is where you have fun!
How To Make Homemade Energy Balls
1 cup dates (soaked!) + 2/3 cups finely chopped nuts or oats + all the mixins’
In a powerful blender, finely grind the nuts. I like to have a bit of texture to my energy balls but you can also grind them into a powder. Same with the oats (or leave the oats as is.
Pour them into a large bowl.
After soaking the dates, blend them in the blender until smooth and paste like. You may need to add 1-2 tablespoons of the soaking water into the mixture or use a tamper, depending on your blender.
Add the pastes into the large bowl of nuts and mix until combined.
Now is where you add in your superfoods, flavors and textures. Note: You have to add in additional mixings to get the right consistency. Otherwise add in much more oats (or some coconut flour!)
If you want chocolate balls, add in:
Other favorite options are:
Start by adding in 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite mixings. Stir it all together.
This is where trial and error comes in!
If the mixture looks dry and no long slightly sticky, add in 1 tablespoon maple syrup. If the mixture is so sticky that when you touch it your can’t get it off your hands, add in more oats or mixings.
You want the mixture to be slightly tacky (in the sense that it holds together) but not wet sticky.
Once you have everything in and combined, line a tray with parchment paper, roll your hands in coconut oil (to prevent sticking!) and roll out your balls roughly one inch in diameter.
Place them in the freezer to set and taada! You just made your own, custom, homemade energy balls.
Crazy easy right?
The biggest part about making your own energy balls is just taste testing. I don’t like my energy balls too sweet but my daughter does, so more or less maple syrup or coconut. Really, it’s that easy!
After I learned how to make my own energy balls, I become somewhat obsessed. Actually, just like smoothies I started adding in as many superfoods as humanly possible and seeing what I could come up with.
Enter the recipe below. It is literally loaded with more nutrients than you can image and yet it still tastes good! These energy balls are made with “health” in mind and yet they still taste like chocolate. Not insanely sweet chocolate but chocolate none the less.
The Healthiest Homemade Energy Balls
- 1 overflowing cup of Dates, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1.25 tablespoons collagen
- 1/2 teaspoon chlorella powder
- 1 teaspoon nunaturals chocolate stevia
- 3 tablespoons Old Fashioned Oats
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 2 tablespoons Hemp Hearts
How To Make The Superfood Energy Balls
Soak the dates in warm water to make them easier to blend.
In a powerful blender, blend the dates and syrup until a paste forms.
Place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Add in the date paste and (using your muscles!) mix until combines.
Roll some coconut oil onto your hands (to prevent sticking) and line a tray with parchment paper.
Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls (about 12-14)
Place the balls on the parchment paper and place into the freezer for thirty minutes.
When ready to eat you can grab them right out of the freezer or let them thaw for a first minutes first.
Makes 12-14 balls.
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Making your own homemade energy balls is easy and delicious. Energy balls are a quick no bake recipe you can whip up and store in the freezer for when you need a healthy, pre-made fuel boosting snack. Customize your energy balls to your favorite flavors and reap the healthy benefits!