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Energy balls: 6 ways!

23/08/2016

Energy balls really are the perfect snack. They’re brilliant for when your energy starts dipping and are so balanced whilst being really versatile. The combination of dates and nuts means you get an instant pick-me up from the sweetness of the dates, whilst the nuts offer a slower release to keep you going. Plus, they can be really tasty too!

 

6 amazing vegan, gluten free energy balls recipes to keep your busy days fuelled!

When I first started on a plant-based diet, I didn’t really like energy balls. I don’t know if it was because I found them bland or just wasn’t following a very good recipe, but they just didn’t sit well with me. It was only recently I decided to give them a second chance and oh my goodness, they’ve changed my snack life! Now, instead of searching the cupboards for something to stuff my mouth with, or finding myself totally grumpy and low on energy because I didn’t bring any food with me, I can just pop open the fridge for an energy ball! The only problem comes with deciding which flavour to have…. 

 

6 amazing vegan, gluten free energy ball recipes to keep your busy days fuelled!

 

These also travel really well so are perfect for work or school and general travel. I find these really good for pre and post-exercise as well because of their slow release energy and instant sweet hit. Though honestly, these are brilliant no matter the occasion or time of day – whenever I feel hungry or peckish now I just reach for one (or 3) of these. Not to mention these are perfect for eating whilst reading because they’re non-messy and delicious!

As I’m starting college in September (eeeek!) just as I know lots of you have work and school, I thought I’d share not one, but six recipes for energy balls to keep your days fuelled! I love each and every one of these energy balls and I hope you do too.

Each recipe only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to make and are the best grab and go snack. I’ve made this recipe to make about 10 energy balls each, but you can make them whatever size you like. 

My whole family love these (yes, even my non-heathy eating dad and brother!!) which is saying a lot. My mum’s favourite is by far the Peanut Cacao Caramel (snickers) Energy Balls because it’s adapted from my Chocolate Peanut Caramel Slice which you can find the recipe for here. My dad’s favourite is the Hazelnut Cacao (nutella) Energy Ball which I think is to do with the fact that he LOVES nutella (he eats it out of the jar with a spoon…), so I’m glad my energy ball recipe is reminiscent of his beloved spread. Surprisingly my brother’s favourite is the Matcha Energy Ball (though he expressed that he loved them all and only chose a favourite because we threatened to take his xbox away if he didn’t supply an answer… it was totally harmless though…) which is probably the most superfoodie of the lot. I don’t think I have a favourite – I like them all for in different ways for different cravings. 

 

6 amazing vegan, gluten free energy ball recipes to keep your busy days fuelled!

 

Finally, these energy balls are so so so simple to make, and are really easy to wiz up on a Sunday afternoon ready for the week ahead. I love making lots of different flavours so I don’t get bored of having the same flavour over and over again, and because these recipes make 10-15 balls, you’re not totally overwhelmed by loads of the same. I’ve created a nut-free one here too (the simple vanilla oat and date energy balls) so those of you with nut allergies can still enjoy the wonder that is energy balls. All of these are gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan (and raw if you don’t toast the hazelnuts in the “nutella” energy balls) so there’s something for everyone here!

Matcha energy balls
Serves 10
An energy ball packed with so much goodness from the antioxidants in the matcha powder to keep you buzzing during your busy day.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cashews
  2. 1 cup dates
  3. 1 tsp matcha (I use this Mindpower Matcha from Bloom because it has added ginger and ginseng which makes the energy balls so delicious!)
Instructions
  1. Start off by soaking the dates in recently boiled water for about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Grind the cashews in a food processor until a "flour" forms.
  3. Drain the dates and add them, along with the matcha powder, to the cashews.
  4. Blend until a sticky "dough" forms.
  5. Roll into equal sized balls and store in the fridge.
Delve into Dystopia http://delveintodystopia.co.uk/

Peanut cacao caramel (snickers) energy balls
Serves 10
A mouthwatering combination of peanut butter, caramel and cacao all in one bite.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup dates
  2. 1 cup pecans
  3. 2 tsp cacao powder (I use this one from Organic Traditions)
  4. 3 tsp coconut sugar + extra to roll the balls in (I use this one from Organic Traditions)
  5. A pinch of salt
  6. 1/8 tsp vanilla
  7. 2 tbsp peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Start off by soaking the dates in recently boiled water for about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Grind the pecans in a food processor until a "flour" forms.
  3. Drain the dates and add them, along with the cacao powder, coconut sugar, salt vanilla and peanut butter to the ground pecans.
  4. Blend until a sticky "dough" forms.
  5. Roll into equal sized balls, roll in the extra coconut sugar and store in the fridge.
Notes
  1. You can also store these ones in the freezer for at-home nibbles - they suddenly become even more decadent and delicious when they're frozen!!
Delve into Dystopia http://delveintodystopia.co.uk/
Hazelnut cacao (nutella) energy balls
Serves 10
An energy ball disguised as a chocolate truffle!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup toasted hazelnuts
  2. 1 cup dates
  3. 3 heaped tsp cacao powder (I use this one from Organic Traditions)
  4. 1 tsp coconut sugar (I use this one from Organic Traditions)
Instructions
  1. Start off by soaking the dates in recently boiled water for about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Grind the hazelnuts in a food processor until a "flour" forms.
  3. Drain the dates and add them, along with 2 tsp of the cacao powder, to the ground hazelnuts.
  4. Blend until a sticky "dough" forms.
  5. Roll into equal sized balls.
  6. Put the remaining 1 tsp of cacao powder and coconut sugar into a bowl and mix. Roll each energy ball in the powder to coat the surface. Here I like to give the balls another roll in my hands to remove the excess coconut sugar cacao mix - this just helps them to be less messy and travel better.
  7. Store in the fridge and enjoy!
Delve into Dystopia http://delveintodystopia.co.uk/
Peanut raisin energy balls
Serves 15
Inspired by a raisin peanut butter I once had, these are totally addictive and a perfect balance of sweet and salty.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup almonds
  2. 1 cup dates
  3. 3 tbsp peanut butter
  4. A pinch of salt
  5. 1 cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Start off by soaking the dates in recently boiled water for about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Grind the almonds in a food processor until a "flour" forms.
  3. Drain the dates and add them, along with the peanut butter and salt, to the ground almonds.
  4. Blend until a sticky "dough" forms.
  5. Now add the raisins and pulse in a food processor so that the raisins become combined but aren’t fully broken down.
  6. Roll into equal sized balls and store in the fridge.
Delve into Dystopia http://delveintodystopia.co.uk/
Blueberry energy balls
Serves 10
A really uplifting, zingy energy ball filled with all the goodness from the freeze-dried blueberry powder.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cashews
  2. 1 cup dates
  3. 6 tsp blueberry powder (I use this one from Organic Traditions)
  4. Vanilla
Instructions
  1. Start off by soaking the dates in recently boiled water for about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Grind the cashews in a food processor until a "flour" forms.
  3. Drain the dates and add them, along with 4 tsp of the blueberry powder and the vanilla, to the ground cashews.
  4. Blend until a sticky "dough" forms.
  5. Roll into equal sized balls and coat the energy balls in the remaining 2 tsp of blueberry powder.
  6. Store in the fridge.
Delve into Dystopia http://delveintodystopia.co.uk/
Simple vanilla oat and date energy balls
Serves 10
A super simple energy ball recipe which is nut-free and so delicious.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oats
  2. 1 cup dates
  3. 1/8 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Start off by soaking the dates in recently boiled water for about 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Grind the oats in a food processor until a "flour" forms.
  3. Drain the dates and add them, along with the vanilla, to the ground oats.
  4. Blend until a sticky "dough" forms - you may need to add a bit of water to help it to stick together.
  5. Roll into equal sized balls and store in the fridge.
Delve into Dystopia http://delveintodystopia.co.uk/
 

I hope you like these as much as I do! If you make these or any of my recipes, make sure to share on Instagram or Twitter and use #readfeedglowgrow!

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