Are you looking for a nutritious and delicious snack that will give you a boost of energy? If so, then you need to try energy balls!
Energy balls are easy to make and can be customized to your liking. Plus, they’re packed with healthy ingredients like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
They’re the perfect mid-day pick-me-up or an energy-packed way to start the day.
And do you want to know the very best thing about energy balls?
They’re almost always sweet. That’s right. You get to enjoy a sweet, dessert-like snack, and it’s good for you.
If that sounds like something you’re interested in, let’s check out these energy ball recipes!
1. Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls
These soft, melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter balls are unbelievably decadent.
They look and taste like something your grandma would’ve sent you for Christmas.
Furthermore, your mom probably would’ve only allowed you only one a day.
That’s how rich and chocolatey they are. But surprisingly enough, these make great energy balls.
They taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups but will keep you going for hours.
It almost seems too good to be true.
2. No-Bake Energy Bites
These balls have an oat-flavored, cereal bar-like texture and a honey, chocolate flavor.
Additionally, it takes just 20 minutes and no cooking to make two dozen of them.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy pick-me-up, these are perfect. They’re also great for hiking or camping because they won’t melt like other options.
3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites
These 5-minute, no-bake balls are like biting into pure cookie dough. That’s because that’s almost what they are.
They’re full of sweet chocolate chip cookie dough, only they’re packed with protein.
And they’re good for you! Why can’t all chocolate chip cookies be “energy” cookies?
Luckily, you’ll always have these.
4. Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls
These dark, sticky energy balls don’t look much like blueberry muffins. Fortunately, they taste just like them.
Though the texture is different, they’re overflowing with blueberry yumminess.
You’ll sweeten them naturally with blueberries and Medjool dates.
The raw nuts provide ample protein, and the vanilla and lemon juice round out the flavor.
They’re a sticky, sweet, tart, and tangy treat.
5. Carrot Bliss Balls
These coconut-dusted balls are an easy way to get your kids to eat more veggies.
They’re like cinnamon-infused carrot cake balls, and they rock.
It takes less than 15 minutes to make 30 of these tasty treats.
They’re no-bake, no-cook, and no-fuss, plus, they’re sweet, spiced, and perfect for fall.
6. Gingerbread Energy Balls
Speaking of spiced holiday delights, these gingerbread energy balls are another big hit with the kids. They’re nutty, molasses-sweetened, and so very rich.
These will make you feel like you’re eating something truly decadent. Fortunately, they aren’t bad for you at all.
7. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls
Try these if you’re looking for something a bit zestier. They’re soft and full of bright, summer flavor.
They’re also sugar-free and full of superfoods like chia seeds and turmeric.
The turmeric also gives them a lovely yellow-gold color.
8. No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites
These orange, oat-filled energy bites are every pumpkin spice lover’s dream come true.
They incorporate all your favorite fall flavors: pumpkin spice, maple syrup, pumpkin, etc.
You also add a half-cup of chocolate chips and some vanilla extract. They’re chewy and indulgent, but luckily, they’re healthier than they taste.
9. Cinnamon Roll Energy Balls
They taste like cinnamon rolls. They’re sticky like cinnamon rolls. So they must be cinnamon rolls, right?!
These are cinnamon roll energy balls. They’re much healthier and have far fewer calories than cinnamon rolls. They’re also raw, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free.
Like others on the list, you won’t have to cook them, either. Yep, I love them, too.
10. Tahini Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
Most energy balls include nuts as the primary source of protein. That’s great for health reasons but not so good for folks with nut allergies.
These dark chocolate delicacies are 100% nut-free. They’re also gluten-free and insanely tasty.
They’re sweet and rich with just enough salt to make them perfect.
Every bite of these is more delicious than the last.
11. No-Bake Sugar Cookie Bites
These are sweet, tasty, and lovely. In fact, if you didn’t know any better, you might confuse them for cake pops.
They’re soft and will practically melt on your tongue.
And even with the optional glaze and sprinkles, they’re still healthy!
These are one of the sweeter options on the list. Plus, their texture is fluffy, moist, and almost cake-like.
They also have 105 calories and fewer than 9 net carbs per serving. They’re a great source of healthy fats and protein, so feel free to indulge.
12. Red Velvet Energy Balls
These pretty, pinkish-red balls are just plain fun. They look amazing and taste even better, though they aren’t quite red velvet flavored.
Without the decadent cream cheese, it’s hard to match the taste of red velvet cake. Still, these taste fantastic and are an excellent mid-day pick-me-up.
13. Banana Bread Energy Balls
Oats, bananas, nuts, maple syrup, and cinnamon: What more could you need from banana bread?
These are chewier and richer than the real thing.
Otherwise, they taste almost identical to banana bread.
If the texture weren’t different, you’d swear you were eating homemade banana bread with every bite.
Best of all, these treats will last about 2 weeks. That’s if you store them in the fridge or at room temperature!
Stick them in the freezer, and they’ll keep practically forever.
14. Brownie Energy Balls
These fudgy, chocolatey brownie bites take just 15 minutes to make. They use only seven ingredients and have less than 100 calories per serving.
They have a warm, rich nuttiness underneath the chocolate flavor. If you like brownies with nuts in them, you’ll love these.
15. Chocolate Brazil Nut Balls
These are fruity, nutty, and chocolatey, all rolled into one energy-stuffed package.
They require no cooking or baking, have 3 grams of protein each, and are low-carb!
They have an interesting flavor that’s sweet but not too sweet. The figs play well with the cacao powder and cinnamon in these.
The white sesame tahini, Brazil nuts, and maple syrup also add unique tastes. These are hard to describe but delicious. Give them a try, you won’t regret it.
16. Coconut Date Balls
These 10-minute energy balls use four simple ingredients. They’re sweet and simple with Medjool dates, pecans, sea salt, and desiccated coconut.
They’re also vegan-friendly, raw, and full of antioxidants, plus, they’re a good source of potassium and other essential nutrients.
17. Matcha Chia Seed Energy Bites
If green foods turn you off, these may not look super appetizing to you.
Personally, I think they’re fun and colorful. Even if you think they look odd, give them a try.
After all, if we’ve learned anything from Dr. Seuss, it’s not to judge a food by its color.
These are so nutritious, and they taste fantastic. Plus, they give you that nice caffeine boost from the matcha powder. A fine way to start the day, indeed!
18. Hazelnut and Chocolate Bliss Balls
With the ingredients in these beautifully brown bliss balls, it’s no surprise that they’re yummy. After all, many of the same elements make up Nutella.
It doesn’t get much tastier than cocoa powder, nut butter, and hazelnuts. And adding Medjool dates and maple syrup only intensifies the sweetness.
These are super rich and fantastically sweet. However, like all the others on the list, they aren’t bad for you at all. (In moderation, of course.)
19. Almond Butter Energy Bites Recipe
These chewy, bite-size balls are chocolatey, nutty, and spiced with cinnamon. They’re fragrant and have a nice texture.
Finally, their flavor is reminiscent of an old-fashioned homemade brownie.
It takes about 10 minutes to make a dozen. They freeze well, too, so you can always make a few big batches and save them for later.
20. Cherry Bliss Balls
Without their desiccated coconut topping, these look a little dirty.
They have a brownish-pink sandy color that makes them look like balls of dirt.
But don’t let that unappealing image scare you away. They taste ah-mazing! They’re lightly sweet but have a bright, tart cherry flavor.
They’ll remind you a bit of Cherry Cordials, though not as overwhelmingly sweet.
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