Energy balls- the tiny fat bombs that are filling, nutritious, and delicious. For those of you who have never had one, they are one of my favorite “keto-friendly” snacks for good reason. First, how filling they are. I usually have a few in the morning for breakfast, and it only takes 2-3 bites before I’m full. Secondly, they’re cheap. All you need is a large container of instant oats, nut butter (see this variety pack), a sweetener, and your choice of flavor and texture elements.
My Energy Balls
In this recipe, I chose to make my Peanut Butter and Banana energy balls. I find myself making this energy ball recipe more than any other, not only because I love the way they taste, but also because they are a great use for overripe bananas. For these, I use brown sugar as my sweetener, peanut butter as my fat, and mashed bananas as my added flavor and texture ingredient. Firstly, begin by mashing the bananas and mixing in all the other ingredients. Then refrigerate the mixture for an hour and remove from the fridge and roll into balls. After that, refrigerate the balls for another hour, and BOOM! You have finished energy balls!
Just about anything can be used as an ingredient in energy balls. However, some ingredients add to the nutritional value of your snack, while others take away from it. The best mix-ins to add are nuts, dried fruits, extracts, spices, and even chocolate. Avoid candies and super sugary ingredients. For the sweetener, you can use sugar (like I did) or something else, like maple syrup, Karo syrup, or honey. Out of these, organic local honey is the most healthy and natural. For the nut butter, choose one that goes best with your flavor profile. Also, see this link to compare the health benefits of each choice.
My personal favorite combinations are
– dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, macadamia nut butter, and honey
– cashews, pistachio nut butter, and honey
– chopped pecans, cinnamon, pecan butter, and maple syrup (praline flavored)
– raw pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie spice, cashew butter, and maple syrup (pumpkin pie)
– and dried blueberries, dark chocolate chips, hazelnut butter, and honey
For more flavor ideas, think about your favorite trail mix ingredients or desserts and go from there to make your energy balls unique to you!
- Mixing Bowls
- Spatula or Wooden Spoon
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper (optional)
- Food processor (optional)
- Ice cream scoop, melon baller (optional)
- 2 bananas (mine were overripe)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups instant oats OR 1 cup oats, 1 cup ground vanilla wafers
- Begin by smashing your bananas to a paste, either with a fork or in a food processor.
- Then, use your wooden spoon or spatula to combine all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour.
- Then, take the mix out and form it into equal size balls. Place these balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can use a spoon, ice cream scoop, or melon baller to keep the portions equal.
- Refrigerate for 1 more hour and serve or place into a container to store!
Did you try these out? Let us know in the comments below and remember, Stay Sour!
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