Energy Balls recipe: nutritious, delicious and healthy!

Leah VachaniHealthy Body, Healthy Eating

Energy Balls Recipe

OK, so the name doesn’t exactly convey how yummy these round delicious bite-size morsels really are! Packed with nutrition (and energy), these healthy portable snacks are enjoyed by all ages, from toddler to adult. These incredibly delicious balls are now pretty much a permanent feature in the fridge at home. [bctt tweet=”They are rich and chocolaty and taste suspiciously like they are naughtier than they actually are.” username=”lunchwithleah”] And they are easy to make! Make a big batch and keep them in an airtight container in the fridge to grab on the go.

Now if I could only come up with a better name for them…suggestions??

energy balls

Energy Balls

Recipe adapted from and originally found on the Haelan Centre website (the recipe is not posted anymore). 

Course Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Leah Vachani

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh dates you can used dried but you need to soak them for about eight hours first
  • 6 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 handful desiccated coconut or ground almonds to coat the balls don't use almonds if you need these to be "nut-free"

Instructions

  1. Put all of the ingredients into a food blender (I use the Cuisinart 14-Cup  Food Processor) and mix on the maximum speed. The mixture should turn into a firm, play-dough type consistency.  

  2. Roll the mixture into bite sized balls then roll the balls on a board covered with shredded coconut or ground almonds until they are coated.

  3. Chill the Energy Balls in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving. Will keep in fridge for 2-3 weeks. You can also freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

TIP: If you don’t have time to make “balls” simply press mixture into a 9x13 pan and sprinkle with shredded coconut and/or ground almonds and press into bars. Cut into pieces after chilling in fridge.

Energy Balls in 9x13


Energy Balls packed in lunchbox

Energy Balls packed in lunchbox

Nutrient-dense, OK for school lunches (nut-free) and great for those days when you need a little “movement” down there…

This is definitely a food item my kids have loved since they were toddlers, and I feel no guilt in giving them more when they ask. “Oh, you want more “chocolate balls”? Sure thing!” as I chuckle on the inside knowing they are getting a mega-dose of nutrition in these little dense balls. Above you can see them packed in my preschooler’s lunch. He thinks it is a treat! For more lunchbox ideas check out the Lunchbox Gallery.

Of course, due to the high amount of prune content, you may want to consider that an BM may be on the near horizon. That being said, these tasty treats are a great addition to the diet for anyone experiencing chronic or acute constipation. I hope I haven’t scared you away because they are so delectable, healthy and really don’t alter most people’s bowels…at least not in a bad way. 😉

Energy Balls are actually for moms too!

Really though, this is one of those snacks that I think is great for busy moms to have on hand. When you get a craving for something sweet or chocolatey, try this instead. It may take a while to warm up your taste buds to the idea of not having that really sweet thing you were thinking about, but over time your waistline will thank you.

If you make these let me know how you like them in the comments below. Or tag me with a pic on Instagram @lunchwithleah !!

Products we love and used in this recipe:

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Navitas raw cacao powder

Jiva Organics raw organic tahini 

Nutiva organic, cold-pressed, unrefined, virgin coconut oil

Let’s Do Organic shredded, unsweetened coconut

Simply Organic pure vanilla extract

Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor

Leah is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who will talk your ear off about bone broth, Vitamin D, kale or any other topic that is related to wellness. Her love for blogging about health topics keeps her in front of a screen for a good chunk of her days but otherwise she can be found upside down in downward dog, running the beautiful hills in the San Francisco Bay Area, making a homemade dinner with her hubby or chasing after two amazing boys.