Energy bites is a very easy way to avoid getting into the cookie jar or the chocolate drawer (yes, I do have an extensive chocolate drawer...) when you have a sweet craving too! Sometimes you just need a quick bite of energy to keep going. We don't always have the time to sit down to eat, or we don't want to in order to get an excuse to eat energy bites.
These bites are loaded with good nutrients that will keep you focused and energized no matter how your day looks like. The good thing is that they are very simple to make. Most balls just require tossing a few ingredients into a food processor, roll them up and put them in the fridge. It actually is as simple as it sounds. So whenever you're feeling drained, just open the fridge and - voìla - get some energy in a ball!
This is my first time making energy bites, and I tried a whole bunch of them. Not all of the recipes did as great as the others, but I will try to give you notes on how I would do it differently the next time.
Lemon Ginger Energy Bites
As you might know, I love that kick from the ginger. I tasted a chocolate once with lemon and ginger, and this gave me the idea of these energy bites. I am a firm believer of that dark chocolate is good for you. Just eat these with a clean conscience and be happy that your chocolate tooth has been satisfied!
2.5 dl (1 cup) oat flour
1-1.5 dl (½ cup) hemp seed
1-1.5 dl (½ cup) dried mango
1 tablespoon honey
½ lemon juice + zest
1-1.5 dl (½ cup) chopped dark chocolate
Mix oat flour, hemp seed and dried mango in a food processor. Add in the honey and lemon. Fold chopped dark chocolate in when the texture of the dough is rollable. Roll into balls and refrigerate.
Coconut Lime Energy Bites
In order to get some Summer vibes into our energy bites, we are combining coconut and lime. How delicious! These are gluten free, vegan and no added sugar, so these are really good for you. Recipe adapted from Running on Real Food.
2.5 dl (1 cup) almonds
2.5 dl (1 cup) pitted dates (soak them first if they are very dry)
1.5-2 dl (⅔ cup) coconut flour/shredded coconut
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
Mix the almonds in a food processor until they're mostly broken down. Add in the dates and process until a dough forms. Then you can add in the coconut and lime and mix well. Roll them into small balls and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Banana Chocolate Energy Bombs
I love banana and I love chocolate. You could never go wrong with combining the two! No bake and could be made gluten free by using gluten free oats. This recipe is adapted from Running with Spoons. The first time I made these, they were delicious, but a little on the soft side (maybe I read the recipe wrong?). They felt too much like cake dough and not much like the banana bread I was after. So, I made a few alterations;
1 medium-sized ripe banana
5 pitted dates (soak them first if they are very dry)
30 gr almond flour
60 gr rolled oats
2 tablespoon chopped dark chocolate
Process dates and banana in a food processor until the mixture is smooth. Add in the almond flour and oats, mix well, until the dough is rollable and sticky.Then you can fold in the chopped dark chocolate. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge for around 1 week.
Peanut Butter Energy Bomb
A healthy snack loaded with delicious proteins and nutrients. The flax seeds are low in carbs, but high in fiber, making you feel full longer. They will also do your skin and hair good and support weight loss. How about that? Just keep going and dig in on these nutritious little bites. Recipe from Chef Savvy.
⅔ cup creamy peanut butter (I used crunchy, that too works wonders)
½ cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup old fashioned oats (I used quick oats)
½ cup ground flax seeds
2 tablespoon honey
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes so that they are easier to roll. These were one of the last energy bites I made this day and thus I thought what the heck, I don't need the extra time in the fridge. But yeah, you do. My bites were so messy. But they tasted good. Roll into 12 bites and store in the fridge for about 1 week.
Nutella Chia Energy Bites
These were my favorite energy balls, probably because it just tasted like a ball of Nutella. Not the healthiest of the bunch, I suppose, but very yummy and you do get good nutrients from the oats and chia seeds! Hopefully these weigh more than the sugar and fat in the Nutella. Chia seeds are high in antioxidants, they prevent further damaging to skin and they help with your digestive system being high in fiber. So, just don't sweat it. Eat it.
2.5 dl (1 cup) quick oats
2 tablespoon chia seeds
1-1.5 dl (½ cup) Nutella
2 teaspoon honey
Stir all the ingredients together. Roll them into balls and store in the fridge for about 1 week (I'm on day 8 and I still eat them though).
Carrot Cake Energy Bites
Carrot Cake made into healthy energy bites. This recipe is adapted from My Kids Lick the Bowl. I halved the recipe as I made so many other energy bites this day. I found the balls less sweet than I would've liked, but it is as the author says that many energy bites are high in sugar in the form of dried fruits. So let's just accept the fact that not everything has to be that sweet.
2 medium carrots
½ cup oats
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup dates (soak them first if they are very dry)
1 tablespoon coconut oil or other light flavored oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon dried ginger
Well yes, I did not reduce the amount of spice, I almost never do. Why? I love my spices! Place carrots in a food processor and process until very finely chopped. Add in the remaining ingredients apart from the shredded coconut. Everything will eventually start to form one large ball, just be patient (5 minutes). Form balls using a teaspoon of dough in each ball. Dip in a bowl of shredded coconut and set aside. Put them in the fridge and they will soon be ready to eat!
So there you have it, my take on 6 kinds of energy balls. I hope you'll like them, and please tell me how you did, what you liked or what could be done differently. I'm all ears! Tag me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram, and comment below in this blog post. Don't forget to Pin it for later!