Gluten Free - Dairy Free - Refined Sugar Free
Energy balls are super popular in the health scene, as of late. Since we have the personality of middle school adolescents, we giggle every time that we hear them called energy balls. So we took it upon ourselves to change it up and call these fat filled protein bites, Energy Orbs.
These healthful little orbs are essentially raw cookies that you can feel good about eating. The recipe can be adjusted to use whatever nut or seed that you desire. Just be sure to also adjust your nut/seed butter to match the flavor.
We love to add maca powder to our energy orbs because the flavor blends so well with raw cacao, but if that's not sitting around in your cupboard, disregard and make these without. These orbs are filled with plant protein, fiber and healthy fats. The trifecta needed to ensure that you satiate you snacketite (snack appetite, we just made that up) without causing a major blood sugar spike. Eat these bad boys as is or throw an orb onto your next bowl of oatmeal or favorite smoothie blend for a touch of glamour.
Prep: 10 minutes
Makes: 2 dozen
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup organic peanuts (or other nut of choice)
- 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. organic unsweetened peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter of choice)
- 3 Tbsp. raw honey
- 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
- Pinch of sea salt
- Optional: 1 - 2 tsp. maca powder
- Grind the oats and nuts into a slightly chunky flour (use food processor or crush in a ziplock bag).
- In a pot over low heat, melt the coconut oil.
- Remove from heat, stir in nut butter and honey until nice and creamy.
- Add cacao powder, salt and maca, if using. Mix to combine.
- Stir in oat/nut flour mixture until sticky dough forms.
- Roll into balls (~1 tbsp. worth of dough) and place in refrigerator for 1 hour before eating. Freeze a portion, so that you have them readily available for future snacking.
Storage: Energy Orbs keep well in a sealed container in the freezer. Each week, pull out a portion and place them in a sealed container in the refrigerator for ease in snacking.
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