Healthy and so good. Oil free, sugarfree, high protein. A fast, and easy portable snack that is perfect anytime.
The first time I made energy balls was in the mid 1980s. I saw the recipe on a kids tv show and it sounded pretty yummy. Just combine and mash together banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and oats and that’s about it. These energy balls, which are my new favorite snack, are basically the same recipe with a few changes. I exchanged the maple syrup for stevia leaf power, added raisins and adding some topping to add flavour, nutrients and variety.
These are really great! So easy to make, absolutely customizable and easy to carry along and so yummy. They are raw and also very high in protein and fibre. Raisins add iron and stevia adds sweetness without adding any sugar. The basic recipe is very simple and has only five basic ingredients: rolled oats, peanut butter, raisins, stevia leaf powder and banana. They are oil free and relatively low in calories at only 120 calories per ball.
Very easy to make
The process is very easy. Combine the five ingredients in a food processor. Process until well combined. Form into balls and then decorate with your favorite toppings. They takes about 15 minutes in total to make, and the results are hard to resist.
After making the energy balls, you can eat them plain or have some fun adding toppings. Unsweetened coconut, vanilla and carob powder, trail mix and dried fruit adds alot of sweetness and make them dressy enough to share or gift. They are great for a study break snack or a fast easy breakfast on the go. You can also carry them around with you for a yummy, healthy pick me up. They also freeze well.
This fall season is a bit different than usual. While some of us are returning to work or school, many still will be at home and many of us are still self isolating, and just shopping for the basics. These snacks are perfect for now, an inexpensive and calming snack without the sugar, high oil content or salt of store-bought snacks. They are fun and easy to make and you can get creative with toppings. They can travel in school or work lunches, dress up a smoothie bowl or be enjoyed with a tea or coffee break. Enjoy them and have a lovely month!
Fruit and Nut Energy Balls
- 1-1/2 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup trail mix with raisins Original or Sierra preferably
- 1 banana
- 1/2 teaspoon stevia leaf powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup carob protein powder 1/4 cup carob powder mixed with 1/8 cup protein powder mix and 1/2-1 teaspoon stevia leaf powder to taste
- 1/3 cup trail mix optional
- 2 rings dried pineapple, chopped optional
- 1/4 dried diced apricots optional
- Combine the oats, trail mix, peanut butter, banana, stevia leaf powder and cinnamon in a food processor. Blend until combines and mixture is smooth.
- Form mixture into two inch balls. Roll between your hands until smooth.
- Place coconut in a flat bowl, and the carob protein powder in another bowl.
- Roll each bowl in either the coconut or carob powder.
- Store in the refrigerator or freeze for later.
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