All you need is 4 basic ingredients and 10 minutes of your time to make these healthy, nutritious, protein packed energy balls. A perfect snack on the go.
How was your healthy January? Did you manage to stick to your new year resolutions, if you happened to make any? Personally, I had the best intentions for Veganuary and Dry January, but… I didn’t quite get there, if I’m honest.
To me personally, it’s all about striking a balance, nourishing your body with good food and your mind with good thoughts and treating yourself to an occasional glass of wine if you feel like it. As one of my friends says, ‘wine just takes the edge off life a little!’
Anyway, if you’re still on that ‘Healthy 2020’ train, these healthy snack balls are the perfect little energy bites to keep the hunger at bay. It’s like having a bite of a cake minus all those calories from processed sugars and fats of a traditional cake.
And most importantly, you’ll only need 4 ingredients & 10 minutes of your time to make them! This is what I call easy, healthy & delicious snack right at your fingertips!
The 4 ingredients you’ll need to make these healthy vegan energy snacks:
- Medjool dates
- Oats (use gluten free if required)
- Peanut butter (make sure it’s 100% natural peanut butter without other additives)
- Maple syrup
How to make 4 ingredient snack balls:
- First of all, soak the medjool dates in boiling hot water for around 5 minutes to soften them up a little.
- After that add the softened dates, oats, peanut butter and maple syrup in a food processor and process until the mixture binds together, around 3-5mins.
- Finally, roll the balls with your hands until smooth (allow 1 heaped tablespoon per ball) and ta-da! Your healthy snacks are ready!
ENERGY BALLS TOPPINGS
You can just stop there and enjoy these balls as they are or you can use a variety of toppings to coat the energy balls in. I chose shredded coconut and shelled hemp seeds, however you can use pretty much anything your heart desires, for instance:
- Finely chopped nuts (roast nuts if you can, they bring out deeper flavours)
- Seeds (chia seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds)
- Cacao powder
- A drizzle of melted dark chocolate
Once you’ve rolled the energy balls, they will keep in the fridge in the airtight container for 3-5 days. If you can make them last for this long! I love snacking on these before or after the gym or if I feel like ‘something sweet’ when my energy levels dip. In other words, they’re definitely worth making!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
Despite a minimal ingredients list, these healthy energy bites are:
- Packed with healthy fats & protein from peanut butter
- Rich in good carbs & fiber from oats and dates, which helps your tummy feel full for longer
- Contain no refined sugars or gluten
- Wholesome & nutritious
- Soft on the inside with a little crunch from the toppings on the outside
If you’d like some more sweet inspiration, check out:
- Quick & easy nectarine tart
- Upside down blood orange cake
- Healthier raspberry & rhubarb crisp
- Chocolate & blood orange tart
- Vegan peanut & caramel bars
- Vegan strawberry mousse cake
In conclusion, if you recreate these healthy energy balls, I’d be delighted to read your comments and hear your feedback. It would really help my blog if you drop a comment here on the blog and tag me in your photos on Instagram @Fit Foodie Nutter, Facebook or Pinterest.
See you next week.
Healthy 4 ingredient energy balls
- ½ cup medjool dates
- 1 cup (gluten free) oats
- ½ + ¼ cup peanut butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Optional toppings:
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Shelled hemp seeds
- Soak the medjool dates in boiling hot water for around 5 minutes to soften them up a little. Drain and set aside.
- Combine the softened & drained dates, oats, peanut butter and maple syrup in a food processor and process until the mixture binds together, around 3-5mins.
- Roll the balls with your hands (allow 1 heaped tablespoon per ball) until smooth and ta da – your healthy snacks are ready!
- Optional: roll the balls in your chosen toppings until fully coated.
- Keep refrigerated in an airtight container. They should keep for 3-4 days.