Have you tried energy balls? I have tried some delicious recipes from various sites and they are delicious! They are everything that you would want an energy bar to be, but without the added junk, a fraction of the cost, and in smaller portions, allowing you to choose just how much energy you need when hunger strikes.
The typical energy ball recipe comprises oats, peanut butter, and some sort of sweetener–e.g., honey, maple syrup, dates– as the base. From there, add-in options abound, including protein powder, dried fruit, chocolate chips, you name it.
Given that many of you (as well as several of my relatives) cannot (or choose not to) eat grains, nor peanut butter, I decided to make a grain-free, alternative nut butter energy ball recipe that is every bit as simple (i.e., stir, roll into balls, and no baking) and nutritious as the typical version. Energy balls for all!
It took some experimentation, but I’ve come up with a clear winner: energy balls made with almond butter, coconut flour, and banana. You will love them!
These are ideal for transitioning from holiday sweet treats to foods for fitness and wellness in the New Year.
Happy eating, and happy new year, everyone!
- ⅔ cup packed, pitted dates (about 9 to 11), soaked 3 minutes in hot water (and drained) if stiff
- ½ cup almond butter (or nut/seed butter of choice)
- 1 large banana (no brown spots--peel should still be all yellow)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut flour, divided
- In a food processor, pulse the dates until very finely chopped (almost a paste). Add the nut butter, banana and vanilla; pulse until mixture is blended.
- Add ½ cup of the coconut flour to the food processor; pulse until mixture comes together into a cohesive dough.
- Place the remaining coconut flour into a shallow dish. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in coconut flour (prevents stickiness).