It’s bright and early and the sun is shining through your window. You’re up, you’re grateful, and you’re ready to tackle the day. But first, you need to fuel up. What’s your go-to grub?
Oatmeal for the fourth time this week? Eggs again? Making the same breakfast every day turns even your early-morning favorites into bland and boring dishes. And there’s nothing more de-energizing than dull routines and uninspired mornings. So how about trying something new, and going with a protein-packed alternative that provides hours of high octane energy?
Our original energy balls recipes are the simple, fun solution to your tired morning routine. Energy balls are low-effort fare that not only taste delicious, but can be grabbed on the go for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They also make for an excellent health-conscious snack.
Even better, your kids will love these too. Since they come in a wide range of varieties, you can always change things up to make sure your family finds a recipe they love. We recommend adding in a few extra chocolate chips or M&Ms if you want an energy ball that your kids will wolf down without a hassle.
These breakfast bites are small but mighty, packing a punch far above what you would expect from a snack of their size. Plus, being made with all natural whole food ingredients, you can get the nutrients you need without any of the additives you don’t. This makes our energy balls recipes 100% guilt free! So if you’re ready to spruce up your day the right way, try these healthy bundles of deliciousness for your next meal.
The Rundown on Energy Balls
Energy balls are taking the fitness world by storm. Their bite-size form and hassle free preparation have won over the hearts of health enthusiasts the world over. Not to mention their unique combination of complete proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats provides a wholesome mix of everything you need to take on the world.
But what are “energy balls”, and why do they sound like something out of a sci-fi movie? Well, energy balls are usually just granola or oat-based treats that are packed with superfoods. They’re easy to make, easy to store, and can be kept in the fridge as a last-minute snack whenever you need a quick boost.
Best of all, they come in a wide range of varieties to specifically cater to your dietary needs. Sensitive to gluten? No problem. Need something low carb? Got it. Trying out the keto lifestyle? They’ve got you covered. The beauty of energy balls recipes is that they’re so customizable. If you’re a superfoodie, add in some chia seeds of acai berries. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t be shy on the dark chocolate chips.
No matter your preferences, our energy ball recipes are crafted to provide something for everyone. Take a look below to find the best choice for you.
Quick and Easy Electrifiers
This is the no-bake classic. All you need are the basic ingredients and a refrigerator. If you have no specific dietary restrictions, we recommend going with this selection as it’s the tried-and-true choice. When we think “energy balls”, this is the first recipe that pops into our heads.
If cost is a concern, you can opt for conventional ingredients. However, we always recommend choosing all-natural foods to ensure all day energy and a top quality nutritional profile.
Hint: Stick a toothpick in the tops of each ball to spice things up and transform them into fun little skewered snacks.
- 1 Cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ Cup natural peanut butter
- ½ Cup ground organic flax seed
- ½ Cup dark chocolate chips
- ⅓ Cup organic honey
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
Whip these all together in a mixing bowl, then roll them into bite-size balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. There, you’ve got yourself your new guilt-free breakfast addiction. That’s it! As an alternative, feel free to cut them into bars instead of balls if you want to make them a bit more compact. This way, they fit neatly into Tupperware containers for easy access on the go.
(Energy) Ballin’ on a Budget
If you’re looking for budget recipe energy balls, look no further. This is our custom recipe for perfect, budget-conscious treats that are easy on the wallet but tough on nutrition. The key here is to add seasonal dried fruit that can be found on sale at your local grocer. Typically, we add blueberries but this is entirely up to you.
- 1 Cup dry oats
- ¼ Cup grass-fed butter (regular will do in a pinch!)
- ¼ Cup honey
- ½ Cup dried fruit (we recommend blueberries)
- A hint of Himalayan sea salt
- ¼ Teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ Teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
Mix all the above ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir well until slightly sticky. Once mixed, throw them in the fridge for at least a half hour. Once chilled, grab a spoon to scoop them onto parchment, then use your hand to roll into balls. By the end, you should have about a dozen snacks that are good-to-go in the fridge for up to a week.
While being light on cost, these are anything but light on flavor. Try them out today!
Zero-Gluten Energy Balls
Do you have celiac disease, or think you might be gluten sensitive? No worries, we’ve got you covered with our exclusive gluten free energy balls recipe. These are perfect for gym-goers and fitness enthusiasts as the carbohydrates in gluten are replaced by protein-dense ingredients. This makes our gluten-free energy balls perfect for recovering from an intense workout or a sports match.
- 1 Cup natural peanut butter
- 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ Cup honey
- 1 ½ Cups gluten-free oats
- ½ Cup shredded coconut
- A hint of Himalayan sea salt
- ½ Cup vegan chocolate chips
- 3-4 Tablespoons of water
Mix peanut butter, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl. Once well stirred, add in the oats, coconut, and sea salt before finally adding the vegan chocolate chips. If dry, don’t be shy about adding more water. Scoop out with a spoon and roll into balls about 1” in diameter. Once ready, throw them in the fridge.
The Skinny on Gluten
Confused about gluten? You’re not alone. This little buzzword has captured the attention of the health-conscious in recent years through widespread media coverage. However, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten is simply the name for proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale. Essentially, they act as a binding agent to keep foods “glued” together in a consistent shape.
While gluten is commonly found in breads, pastas, beers, and (yes) oats, only those diagnosed with celiac disease should strictly avoid gluten-containing products. However, some non-celiac gluten sensitivities exist that may make gluten undesirable for some.
We recommend speaking to your doctor or dietician about whether you might have celiac disease, or if you may have any other dietary sensitivities.
Granola Blast Energy Balls
If you’re after a simple granola energy balls recipe, we’ve got you covered with these nasty treats. While being a little heavier on the carbs, they don’t skimp out on the protein. This makes them the ideal choice for a pre-workout meal or as a snack before your big game. These are also 100% vegan, which is an added plus if you’re set on eliminating dairy from your diet.
- 1 ⅔ Cups granola
- ½ Cup dried fruits (we recommend cranberries or blueberries)
- 2 Tablespoons of natural maple syrup
- A hint of cinnamon to taste
- ½ Cup natural peanut butter (smooth)
- 1 Tablespoon maca root powder (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
Mix the granola, peanut butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a large bowl before adding any optional ingredients. Since these ingredients lack the binding power of gluten, make sure you knead the mixture very well to ensure they stick together nicely. While maca root provides a wide range of sexual health benefits, we also recommend adding hemp seeds for an extra dose of protein and dietary fibre.
Once rolled into balls or bars, throw them in the fridge for a half-hour or the freezer for no less than 10 minutes.
That’s all it takes. Once complete, you have a vegan, gluten-free, snack with all the goodness of delicious granola.
The best energy balls recipes are those that perfectly suit your lifestyle and your individual tastes. With this handy guide, you now have everything you need to know about how to whip up the best energy balls customized just for you. With these little guys, there’s no more sluggish mornings, droopy afternoons, or lazy evenings. So bust out the mixing bowl and get ready to get hooked on your next go-to snack to fuel your action-packed day.