Five New Easy, No-Bake Energy Balls to Make Yourself
If you loved our first batch of DIY energy balls, then try one of these five new no-bake recipes. They are perfect for when you want to have tasty, kid-friendly snacks on hand that don’t contain any processed ingredients.
Coconut Orange Date Balls
Recipe adapted from A Sensual Appeal
2 cups of pitted dates
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
Shredded coconut for coating
Combine the dates, peanut butter and orange juice in a food processor. Blend into a thick, sticky paste. Roll into bite-size balls and then roll in coconut. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
Nutritional information per serving (yields 15 servings): 83 calories, 1.7g fat, 0.8g saturated fat, 9.4mg sodium, 19.2g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 16.1g sugar
Cashew Apricot Balls
Recipe adapted from With a Side of Sneakers
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend thoroughly. The mixture may not look like it will come together, but it will. Roll it into small balls and store in refrigerator.
Nutritional information per serving (yields 12 servings): 86 calories, 5.7g fat, 0.8g saturated fat, 17.5mg sodium, 7.2g carbohydrates, 2.9g protein, 4.1g sugar
Pumpkin Pie Bites
Recipe adapted from Diets in Review
18 pitted dates
½ cup almonds
½ cup rolled oats
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or more if you like things spicier)
Process dates in a food processor until they are chopped up, then add remaining ingredients and process until all the pieces are small. Roll into balls.
Nutritional information per serving (yields 12 servings): 77 calories, 3.3g fat, 0.2g saturated fat, 0.2mg sodium, 11.3g carbohydrates, 1.9g protein, 7.6g sugar
Key Lime Pistachio Bites
Recipe adapted from The Healthy Maven
2 cups shelled pistachios (separate out 1/2 cup for coating)
1 cup pitted dates
6 key limes, zested and juiced
Add 1½ cups of pistachios and pitted dates to a food processor. Blend until the ingredients come together into one big ball. Break up the ball, add lime zest and juice and process until well combined. Chop up remaining pistachios into tiny pieces to use as coating. Roll mixture into 18 balls and then coat in chopped pistachios. Store in fridge.
Nutritional information per serving (yields 18 servings): 106 calories, 5.8g fat, 0.7g saturated fat, 85mg sodium, 12.5g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 7.4g sugar
Nut-Free Cake Batter Balls
Recipe adapted from Chef Amber Shea
½ cup vanilla protein powder
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
6 to 8 tablespoons water
Mix together protein powder, coconut flour, coconut oil and six tablespoons water. Stir until combined (if it’s too dry, add more water one tablespoon at a time). Roll into four balls and store in refrigerator.
Nutritional information per serving (yields 4 servings): 78 calories, 2.4g fat, 1g saturated fat, 4.8g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 10.7g protein
Like this blog? Check out one of the following blog posts for more recipe inspiration:
- Take a Dip in These New Takes on Classic Snacks
- Recipes that Recreate Your Favorite Girl Scout Cookies – Only Healthier!
- Four Healthy Kid-Approved Snacks for After School
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