I've been seeing so many recipes for energy balls online, so I was determined to try making them myself! They sound like the perfect snack for energy and health. Unfortunately, despite thorough Googling, I couldn't find a single recipe that didn't have some form of sweetener (most recipes are heavily based on dates or maple syrup), whereas I just wanted healthy, vegan, gluten-free energy balls with protein (as a vegan, getting enough protein in a day is a struggle). So, what to do? Create my own receipt of course!
I took Further Food's recipe (the closest I could find to what I wanted), removed all the sweet stuff (maple syrup and chocolate chips), and replaced it with healthy seeds, fats, and protein.
These balls are super easy to make - no baking required, and the whole thing only takes about 15 minutes. Check out the full recipe below, and send me pics of your creations when you make them!
Sweetener-free no-bake vegan gluten-free energy balls
- 1 cup gluten-free oats (I recommend Bob's Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup flax seeds
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 scoop protein powder (I recommend Amazing Grass Protein Superfood)
- 1 scoop collagen powder (I recommend Anima Mundi Herbals Plant-Based Collagen, or you can use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides if you aren't vegan)
- 1/2 cup nut butter (I recommend Justin's Classic Almond Butter)
- 2 tbsp coconut butter (I recommend Nutiva Coconut Manna)
- 1/2 cup almond milk (I recommend unsweetened Orgain Organic Protein Almondmilk - it has 10x the protein of most other non-dairy milks)
- Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl with a spoon.
- Add the wet ingredients and mix everything together with a spoon. The consistency should be thick and sticky, but not runny. You can add more almond milk if the consistency is too dry.
- Scoop out the batter and form into balls using your hands. Don't forget to wash your hands first!
- Store in a glass bowl in the fridge (no need to cover the top). If you want to eat a ball right away, let it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes for best taste and consistency.
Makes approx 20 balls / Serving size: 1-2 balls
- Sugar: 1g
- Protein: 6.5g
- Calories: 160
- Fat: 12g
- Fiber: 3.5g (12% of daily intake)
- Iron: 5.5% of daily intake
- + a large variety of additional vitamins and healthy stuff
I can't wait to hear what you think of the recipe! Let me know in the comments below, and make sure to tag me if you post about the balls on social media so I can see what you did!
Julia O Test is a lifestyle blogger and photographer based in San Francisco.