Raw Superfood Energy Balls (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)
Loaded with flavor and simple to whip up, these raw superfood energy balls pack quite a punch! Made with protein-rich collagen, lots of healthy fats, and a nutrient-dense greens powder, these nut-free energy balls make a great snack. Naturally sweetened with dates and dried blueberries these superfood energy balls are a great way to sneak extra nutrients into kids.
The most common complaint I hear in my coaching business is a lack of energy. Everyone, kids, and adults alike, is tired.
And while I wish there was a magic quick fix I could give you all... there isn’t. Unfortunately, energy comes from adequate rest and stellar nutrition (here's how you boost energy naturally).
Your body is made to reset and thrive on a day to day basis. However, it can only accomplish its job if you provide it with the proper building blocks to do so.
With that in mind, there are a few fixes you can use at the moment when you really need an energy boost. These superfood energy balls are just that.
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Why You'll Love These Raw Superfood Energy Balls
These raw energy balls make the perfect snack for both moms and kids. Likewise, not only are you getting a burst of energy but also nutrients! We love these superfood energy balls because:
- the energy balls are nut-free so I can send them with my girls to school
- they're raw (no-bake) which saves on time
- they have hidden nutrients and protein (learn more about sneaking veggies into your toddler's diet)
Indeed, these nut-free energy balls are just a tasty pick me up that I can pop into my mouth on busy days.
Superfoods In The Balls
Personally, I think that the term "superfood" has become a bit overrated as of late. Considering this, technically all real-foods have some wicked nutrients to them. It's just that some we're more used to than others!
I digress. These nut-free energy balls contain the usual healthy ingredients: lots of healthy fats, and more natural sugars. However, they also contain two ingredients that I use on a regular basis: collagen powder and chlorella powder.
Collagen is all the rage right now and for good reason! While it’s promoted mainly for the basic hair, skin, nails (learn more about the perks of collagen) it’s actually the main health benefit of bone broth (one of my three favorite foods for kids!), Thus, collagen powder is a staple in my house because:
- it helps improve gut health
- it's a protein at it's rawest source (which means it's great to sneak into smoothies, oatmeal etc)
- because it is protein-based it helps keep you full
Collagen has all the benefits of bone broth. Since it's not always possible to sneak bone broth in daily, collagen is a great replacement.
The other power-house in these raw superfood energy balls is chlorella powder. Chlorella is part of the algae family and I can't say enough about it! This green powder is potent and helps with hormone balancing, detoxification, and helps support the immune system. I've personally been using some form of algae powder for years now though I also like to use EnergyBits too. The tablets are sometimes easier than sneaking in the greens powder, but both work! Learn more about my algae obsession and why I believe in using it frequently here.
You can grab both collagen powder as well as chlorella powder from Perfect Supplements. This is one of the brands I trust most when it comes to superfoods because they have such high standards for quality. Use code mamabear10 and save yourself some money too 😉
What Can I Use In Place Of Dates?
Dates are the bulk of this recipe because they're a natural sugar. Likewise, they help boost your energy naturally while also sweetening the nut-free energy balls. if you're unable to use dates, try using dried figs in their place.
Figs are another great energy source and work similarly to dates in recipes.
Are The Balls Sweet?
Yes and no. The superfood energy balls are definitely sweet thanks to the dates, coconut, and blueberries.
However, they do taste like a superfood! If this is an issue for you (or you simply don't have chlorella powder) feel free to omit! Not adding the algae powder won't make or break the recipe.
How To Store Them
These superfood energy balls can be stored in the fridge or the freezer. One of the things I love most about homemade energy balls is that dates don't fully freeze! Thus, you can actually grab one of the balls right out of the freezer and pop it into your mouth,
Great for busy moms! I do this all the time with my chocolate coconut energy balls and it's a life savior.
- Dates, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes
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How To Make The Recipe
First, soak the dates in warm water to make them easier to blend. In a powerful blender, blend the dates and syrup until paste forms.
Place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Then, add in the date paste and (using your muscles!) mix until combined. The mixture will be sticky. 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)
Finally, 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 minute first.
Makes 12-14 balls.
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Homemade Superfood Energy Balls (dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free)
Homemade energy balls are a great way to boost your nutrient intake while kicking your energy up a notch. Loaded with superfoods these healthy, no-bake, nut-free energy balls make a fueling snack for both moms and kids.