Healthy No Bake Protein Energy Balls

 

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Craving for some sweets and the thought of extra calories is troubling you. Don’t worry I got you covered with no-bake energy balls. These protein energy balls are packed with superfoods and the perfect on-the-go snack option.Snacking on-the-go has never been easier or more delicious—and when chocolate cravings hit, you can pop one between meals all week long.

Most of the time, I enjoy these as a pre- or post-workout snacks.I have tried 4 different versions of making healthy and simple energy balls.

I usually buy my superfoods and baking stuff  from Amazon and Thrive Market! ( where the prices are relatively low and you can start with their 30days trial and the step up with their $59.95/yearly membership)

The first and the simple version is as follows: No Bake Protein Energy Balls

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • ½ cup almond butter (Any nut butter of your choice)
  • 1 Tablespoon protein powder
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup choco chips
 Instructions:
  • Combine oats, almonds, cashews, protein powder in a blender/ food processor and pulse until dry fruits turn into a coarsy powder and everything is combined.
  • In a bowl mix together melted almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and add nut coarse mixture into the bowl. Stir until fully combined. Refrigerate it for 30 mins.
  • Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like.Use a spoon or small cookie scoop to measure out a tablespoon of dough (or your desired size) and roll it into a 1inch ball.
  • Place balls into an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer for snacking throughout the week.

Tip: You can also add chocolate chips into the mixture and then roll it into a ball.

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    Second Version:  Granola Energy Balls 

For this method, I’d used my left over granola and mixed it up with chocolate chips, coconut flakes and roasted quinoa.

So the bottomline of making any kind of energy balls is that you incorporate ingredients as per your preference: The most available ones are Oats, chocolate chips, flax seeds, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract together in a bowl; form into balls using your hands.

 

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Ingredients:

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup pecans

2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes

1/2 cup almond butter (any nut butter)

1/4 cup quinoa (optional : Flax seeds)

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or vegan chocolate chips)

1/3 cup honey/ agave nectar/maple syrup

1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Throw in granola ( or you can use roasted oats, dry fruits, quinoa) chocolate chips, coconut flakes into a  blender. Pulse a few times until everything is well combined.
  • In a large bowl,  combine the above mixture with almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  • Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1-2 weeks. Enjoy😋😋

Tip: You can make your very own granola by combining all the nuts, oats and quinoa in a baking dish placed with parchment sheet sprayed with coconut oil . Pour a mixture of maple syrup and coconut oil in 1:1 on the top of the granola mixture and place it in an oven @425 F, let it bake for 20-25 mins.

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