Energy balls, sometimes called protein balls are small bite size doses of energy dense goodness, ideal for people short on time with high energy demands.
In most cases, they generally only contain a small amount of protein, unless protein powder has been added. However because they only have a fraction of the protein needed to recover from training, they make a better snack for slow release energy outside of training times. There a good way to satiate hunger and fill in gaps between meals.
The best part about energy balls is that there is no one set recipe. There are of course some key ingredients to get the formula and consistency needed. Outside of that the number of combinations is endless and you can choose from a big range of flavours and put your own unique spin on it!
There is no one set recipe for energy balls, so you can explore your own style. The number of combinations is endless.
There are some key ingredients to get the formula and consistency needed but there is such a big range of flavours to choose from you can put your unique spin on it.
Here’s a guide to get you started:
1 cup Binder – a sticky dried fruit which will hold it all together. This forms the base of the ball
Fresh Mejool dates Dried Prunes
Soft Dried apricots
Dried figs (depending on the brand, should have consistency of a prune)
½ cup Nuts and/or seeds – this will help to hold its shape and give texture and form.
1-2tb Powder – not essential but will reduce the amount of nuts needed for texture and can help get the right consistency depending on what binder you use.
Almond of hazelnut meal
If your creation seems a little dry, you may need to add some honey, peanut butter or orange juice to bind the mix together. You want it to be soft, but still gold shape like play dough does.
For added zing you could add the zest of lemon or orange, or other dried fruit like cranberries or goji berries (although these aren’t sticky enough to be the binder)
A food processor makes it easier to blend ingredients to bind.
For the best result, and to be able to have energy on the go, add each ingredient in the above order and blend them together before adding the next one.