Easy homemade Energy Bites make the best snack. They are just delicious, nutritious, sweet, flavorful, and beyond amazing.
Energy Balls are sweetened naturally with dates. As well, they are loaded with almonds. Almonds are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats are associated with lowering the risk of heart disease. Eating almonds offer antioxidant action from Vitamin E and help to lower cholesterol.
Energy Balls make a great pre or post workout snack or when you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Once you get into the habit of making these energy bites on a regular basis, you will always have something healthy to snack and you can add all sorts of other ingredients of your choice! I change them up by adding chia seeds, flax seeds, and cacao powder to make them the perfect healthy energy balls!
Energy Balls Tips
- I did not grind the almonds fine. I left them larger so there would provide a little crunch.
- If you don’t have a food processor, try blending them in a blender.
- You do not have to cook the Energy Balls. They are a little sticky before cooking. If you decide not to cook them, you’ll want to roll them in cocoa, coconut, etc.
- As well, omit the cinnamon if you’re not a fan.
- Change up the nut by substituting walnuts or cashews for the almonds.
- Finally, you can substitute flax seeds for the chia seeds.
Yes. Deglet Noor dates or ‘regular’ dates won’t churn out the thick fudgy consistency that you need for Energy Balls. Medjools are a must in this instance. Both Medjool and Deglet Noor are similar in nutritional composition. Both are great sources of potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, calcium, vitamin B3, and a high concentration of fiber.
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- 2 cups Medjool dates
- hot water enough to cover dates
- 2 cup raw almonds chopped fine
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon optional
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds or chia seeds optional
- Soak dates in hot water 10 minutes. Drain.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Process dates, almonds, and cinnamon in a food processor until combined. It will be a thick paste.
- Remove and form into balls using a small ice cream scoop. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees 16 to 18 minutes. This will dry out the balls and make them not sticky.