This energy ball recipe is vegan friendly & gluten free. Made with chewy Cantaloupe,rolled oats, shredded coconut and cashew nut butter.One of the most delicious health food crazes of the past few years is energy balls. While you’ve most likely been enjoying peanut butter for many years, macadamia, almond and cashew nut butter were probably absent from your mother’s pantry. Nut butter is delicious spread on warm toasted bread, mixed into smoothies and baked into confectionery. Nut butter is also an essential ingredient for any energy ball recipe. If you haven’t tried an energy ball before, you’re in for a treat! They are a wonderful, bite sized snack full of protein and good fats and as you may have guessed, they are great when you need an energy boost.
Energy balls are also very quick to prepare and usually don’t need to be baked in the oven. Along with nut butter, they usually include chopped nuts or coconut, dried fruit, honey and rolled oats. You can get creative with the selection of ingredients you use. For example, you can exchange the honey for agave syrup or the rolled oats for shaved almonds. This recipe requires that you use dried cantaloupe, but dried mango or cranberries, sultanas or raisins work just as nicely if you prefer them. Cocoa nibs make a great replacement for chopped nuts and add a lovely sweet spiciness to the energy ball recipe.
You can really get creative with the combination of ingredients that you choose to make energy balls. You will need nut butter or something with an equally binding quality to begin an energy ball recipe. If you’re allergic to nuts or you just don’t like them, try sunflower seed butter for an experience that is just as tasty and spreadable as peanut or cashew nut butter. Tahini is also a great alternative spread to use. Bear in mind that it is not sweetened, so it’s a great choice for a savory energy ball. If you prefer the sweeter variety, just add in a little extra honey. Mashed banana is a good choice if you are going to eat the energy balls immediately. Coconut butter tastes great with cacao powder and cocoa nibs for a healthy, chocolate flavored snack.
Here are some examples of ingredient combinations that make for a delicious energy ball recipe:
Date, coconut and banana energy balls
Chia chocolate macadamia energy balls
Chocolate peanut butter energy balls
Cranberry and rolled oats pecan nut butter balls
Vanilla and quinoa energy balls with dried strawberries
Almond butter, honey and coconut energy balls
Pumpkin and sunflower seed butter energy balls with dark chocolate chips
This energy ball recipe suggests that you dip the shaped energy bites in chocolate as a final touch. This proves to be a really tasty touch and also adds to the presentation of the energy balls. A healthier alternative would be to dip the finished balls in Greek yogurt to create a delicious outer coating. You can also roll the bites in poppy or sunflower seeds after they’ve been assembled to add extra crunch.
Whatever you choose, an energy ball recipe is sure to equip you with a delicious breakfast, afternoon pick me up or before gym snack.