Sometimes you need a quick but healthy snack you can eat on the go, but don’t want the same old thing. Or, you want something that isn’t overly processed from a grocery store. These energy balls are all designed to add a boost of nutrition in your life and many are no bake.
If you have kids at home they’ll enjoy these as well. They’re the perfect size for little hands, and with the added benefits of fruit and other added items in many of these balls, they’re a healthy snack for your kids to enjoy no matter what time of year it is. They’re great for when you’re running between after school classes and practices, or just to have around the house during summer break when kids are in a snacky mood.
Energy balls are usually a good source of protein, and often some other vitamins or nutrients. They are around the size of your standard cake pop, without the guilt of them being cake. Check out these great energy ball recipes, including some gluten-free, nut free and vegan choices!
A fair few of these recipes do recommend that you have a food processor, or a good blender to help combine all your items.
Matcha – also known as green tea, is often used in many Japanese treats as well as being drank as tea. Matcha offers Antioxidants, is said to help with weight loss, and offers caffeine without of the jitters of coffee. Plus the beautiful green color really makes these treats look so pretty.
Apricots, pistachios, sunflower seeds and tahini make up the base of these bites, with some extra ingredients to help hold it all together. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, just use a little less matcha for the some of the benefits without the worry.
These no cook apricot energy balls are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and have no added sugar! Making them perfect for those on certain diet, or those trying to watch what they eat.
Almonds, Walnuts and Flax seeds offer fiber and protein and aid with digestion. They help to balance out the sweetness of the apricots and raisins used in the recipe and boost energy as well.
Flax seeds also benefit your body by helping to make your hair, nails, skin, and eyes healthier. Plus they’re good a source of Omega-3 fatty acids for those who don’t like fish. Omega-3 fatty acids have shown to help lower levels of depression, reduce inflammation, and it contains DHA that is important for visual and neurological development in infants.
Omega-3 fatty acids are said to help kids with ADHD to help with their symptom.
These chocolate and cherry energy balls are meant to be a copycat of the larabar chocolate chip cherry torte bar. Chocolate and cherry are a simply delicious duo!
The walnuts and almonds add protein and healthy fiber to these fantastic energy bites. While the dates and cherries add sweetness and a small boost of vitamin C, Calcium and Iron.
Add in dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet for the added antioxidants, theobromine, potassium, magnesium and iron. Plus, it is delicious, so you’ll feel like you’re really treating yourself with these.
This recipe is healthy on top of being quick and easy to make. If you like coconut you’ll enjoy this recipe, as it uses coconut oil, coconut sugar and shaved coconut. Coco-nutty-yummy!
Golden raisins and honey hold these balls together, and you’ll enjoy the protein energy boost from the walnuts and pecans. If you like coconut and want something easy to snack on that will give you an energy boost, this is a perfect recipe to try out.
These no-bake balls are paleo, vegan, gluten-free, flourless, and dairy-free! Making them the perfect guiltless snack to help you through your day while taking care of yourself. Plus you get to enjoy some chocolate without feeling like you’ve done something bad. It’s like “cheating” on your diet, but you’re not.
This recipe takes only 6/7 ingredients, including protein powder to get that extra boost in you. You’ll skip one ingredient to make them vegan if you go that way. These are a perfect healthy version of a popular coconut candy bar.
Another no-bake version that’s gluten free and vegan. Dates, vegan protein powder, gluten free oats and your favorite type of nut bugger help make these a delicious energy balls that contain some healthy fats.
Healthy fats help your body make use of vitamins A, D, E and K, and slow down food absorption so you feel full longer. The protein also helps you stay feeling full longer. Making these perfect fuel to get through that morning or afternoon slump, or to grab before you run out the door on a hectic morning.
It’s great that there are so many options for those who lead a gluten-free and even raw lifestyle when it comes to delicious energy bites. These gluten-free energy bites will help energize you through your day and help control hunger with the use of Chia seeds, flax meal and peanut/nut butter.
Chia seeds are a good source of fiber and calcium. While flax is considered a “super food” and contains omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and are high in fiber and low in carbs.
Who said energy bites have to look all grown up boring? Okay, not that they look boring, but look at these adorable monster energy bites! Kids and adults alike will enjoy the fun colors and funny eye picks that bring these some extra life.
These use dried apples, apricots, raisins and maple syrup for some sweetness and extra zing added to oats and some spices. Color up some dried flaked coconut to get some fun going on with your energy bites!
Protein powder doesn’t have to just be used in shakes that you have to try and drink before they start to get weird. They make these little energy bites even better by giving you that protein surge, keeping you full, and making them healthier all around. Almond butter, dates, and rolled oats help round out these vegan treats.
Dark chocolate adds in it’s antioxidants and omega-3’s to give you a delicious little boost that will make you feel like you’ve both given yourself a treat, and treated yourself right.
You can enjoy all the tastes of Key Lime Pie without the guilt with these energy bites! Walnuts and Almonds give you protein, dates for the added vitamins and nutrients, and the lime zest with the coconut give the flavors that will make you feel like your enjoying a piece of pie while getting yourself some added benefits.
It’s great to see energy bites that are based on things that might normally give you a little guilt when you indulge.
Medjool dates used in these energy balls contain calcium, iron, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin A and fiber. All that on top of the fact that they contain twice the amount of potassium a banana does plus more magnesium, is it any wonder dates are used in so many energy bite recipes?
Enjoy the flavors of a blueberry muffin with the added health benefits of healthy ingredients in these fantastic energy balls that use dates, cashews and frozen blueberries to help ease those hunger pangs.
Turmeric is an amazing spice that helps with inflammation and can lower depression and anxiety levels. Plus can help boost your immune system, perfect for the colder months, though you can eat them year round for the benefits of course. Chia seeds, like mentioned above, are a source of plant based protein, fiber and calcium.
These energy bites use only 7 ingredients, are gluten-free and vegan, and are low in calorie. The healthy fats will help your energy levels and plant-based proteins help as well. The lemon adds a bit of a brightness and zing sure to bring a smile to your face.
Pumpkin is amazing, and these pumpkin bites are amazing too. They’re no bake and are gluten free. Pumpkin is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium. On top of having a little bit of Calcium, and Iron! Gluten-Free oat flower offers a good source of fiber, protein and iron. So you don’t have to fell at all guilty with these yummy bites.
Now you can enjoy the deliciousness, and health benefits of pumpkin, all year round. Why wait for fall to enjoy pumpkin treats when these balls offer benefits with the delicious taste?
These healthy energy balls are said to taste like cake. Simply ingredients blended together to give you health benefits and they taste like cake? Sign me up!
Freeze dried strawberries, dates, cashews and hemp seeds make up these deliciously cake like energy balls. Hemp seeds offer Iron, Thiamine, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Zinc, as well as protein all with very little carbs. That make these a nutritionally awesome, and delicious, powerhouse of an energy ball you’ll want to have on hand all day and night.
It can be hard to find healthy snacks or even make them when dealing with food allergies. So these protein balls are free from the Top 8 allergens: Peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds specifically.
They use black beans, cocoa, coconut oil, coconut flakes and allergen friendly chocolate pieces to make them delicious, nutritious and safe for those who have be really careful about what they’re enjoying. On top of being allergen friendly, they’re delicious, so even if you don’t have the restrictions you can enjoy these energy balls.
Have you ever tried to make energy bites before? You can find many ways to make yourself a healthy treat that you, your friends, and even kids will enjoy. With a variety of flavors and add-ins, you can boost vitamins, minerals and nutrients you may be low on. Without a whole lot of stress and time.
I hope you enjoy these healthy treats and let me know in the comments below which ones you’ve tried and if you enjoyed them.
Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!