Energy balls in my humble opinion are nutritious laddoos. Having a fresh batch of them in the fridge always ensures that I have a grab and go breakfast and healthy snack all in one. The best part is my five-year-old son loves them too.
So how do you make them? I use oats, nuts, flaxseeds, dates and peanut butter to make mine. Blitz it all together in the food processor and once the mixture is soft enough, make small balls, place in an airtight container in the fridge.
Tips to keep in mind
- They should be free from processed white sugar
- They should be satiating
- They should have protein, healthy fats and good fiber content
- Using natural and organic ingredients makes them truly nourishing
In my recipe dates are used for their sweetness, high fiber, and amazing nutrition. The nuts and peanut butter add to the protein content and oats brings it all together and lends the feeling of satiation. Oats is very nutritious and have a low Glycemic Index which means you won’t have dramatic blood sugar fluctuations.
- Oats – 1/2 cup
- Dates (pitted) – 1 cup
- Ground Flaxseed – 1Tbsp
- Nuts of your choice – 3 Tbsp
- Peanut Butter – 2 Tbsp
Blitz oats and nuts twice and then add pitted dates. Process until the dates are broken into very tiny pieces and then proceed to add flax seed powder (I use freshly ground flaxseed). Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and process until the dough is soft and ready to be made into balls.
You could use a few drops of coconut oil to grease your palms before making balls.
The texture of the dough depends on the type of oats you use and also on the moisture content of the dates. Some recipes suggest soaking dates in water for a few minutes however, I do not as I use mushy sweet Amal Dates and my energy balls always turn out perfect. The type of Peanut Butter you use also affects the texture of your dough.
So the most important thing is to experiment and find out your right proportions.
The above mixture had only 1 and a half tablespoon of peanut butter and since it seemed dry I added another half tablespoon to it and it turned out well. If you reduce the number of dates then the energy ball tends to have a drier texture and I personally do not prefer that.
Once you have got the base right, you can experiment with dried cranberries, coconut, honey, orange zest, lemon zest and more.
You can make this into a treat by adding chocolate chips too. My personal favorite is adding slices of Lindt Orange Intense Chocolate. If you are interested I could do a post on the same.
Other things you can do are mixing different kinds of nut butter like almond butter, cashew butter, etc.
Please let me know your thoughts. Stay Blessed!