Making quick healthy snack foods at home using ingredients that are readily available is easy and rewarding. Energy bites are non-baked snacks packed with a satisfying combination of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and whole grains. They travel well, making them the perfect healthy on-the-go snack.
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PEANUT BUTTER BALLS – 14 servings
Each serving has approx. 170 calories and 9 grams protein
6 ounces oat flakes. If gluten intolerant, look for gluten free oats which are processed in a gluten free facility
6.6 ounces crunchy peanut butter
4.5 ounces honey
30 grams pea protein
22 grams ground flax seed meal
3 ounces water, approximately (more or less as needed to form balls)
Note: An ounce/gram scale to measure ingredients is a valuable tool to have in your kitchen.
Place oat flakes, pea protein and flax seed meal into a mixing bowl and mix well.
Add peanut butter, honey and 2 ounces of water. Hint: wipe oil in the container you weigh honey and peanut butter in and the contents will slide nicely into your mixing bowl.
Thoroughly combine ingredients with a spoon or spatula, adding additional water as needed to form a firm ball when squeezed in the palm of your hand.
Weigh 14, 1.5 ounce portions.
Roll each portion into a ball between your palms.
Peanut butter balls are ready to eat. Uneaten portions should be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.
BLISS BALLS – 12 servings
Each serving has approximately 180 calories and 8 grams of protein
1 cup walnuts
6 Dates, soft and seed removed
1 cup almond flour
2 tablespoons cacao powder, unsweetened
3 tablespoons almond butter
3 tablespoons walnut oil, avocado oil or clarified butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cacao powder for rolling balls in
Chop or grind walnuts into very small pieces and place in a mixing bowl.
Slice dates lengthwise and remove seed. Cut into small pieces and add them to the mixing bowl. Small pieces of nuts and dates will assist in forming balls that don’t fall apart.
Add almond flour.
With clean hands, mix nuts, dates and flour well, breaking apart the dates which will be sticky until mixed with the flour and nuts.
Add almond butter, oil, vanilla and 2 tablespoons cacao powder. Continue hand mixing until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
Set out a piece of parchment paper on a counter and scoop out 12 equal portions. Juggle each portion between your hands, squeezing each several times like a squishy stress ball, then roll each into a ball and set on the parchment.
Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of cacao powder on the parchment paper and roll balls one at a time in the powder. Set them aside. The powder will absorb excess moisture.
Though they are ready to be eaten right away, we suggest setting the finished balls in a single layer on a covered container and place them in the refrigerator to set up for a few hours. Then store Bliss Balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator where they will last a week or more