5 Healthiest and Tastiest Energy Balls

When you look up energy ball recipes, they all talk about being delicious, easy, no-bake snacks with a variety of health benefits. Is this true? Yes! I am happy to say, it is. Here’s the breakdown including recipes for 5 Healthiest and Tastiest Energy Balls.

Energy Balls Defined: Energy balls are packed with many nutrients. A typical energy ball recipe has a good source of carbohydrates, fat, fiber, and protein. This is the best formula for a quick breakfast, snack, pre-workout fueling, or post-workout muscle repair.

The recipes can be catered to you and what you are looking for.


For an on-the-go breakfast or snack, pick a recipe with the above formula including high-fiber carbs, fat, and protein. Our Lemon-Blueberry Energy Balls and Banana Nut Energy Balls are fabulous!

Pre-workout fueling needs, ideally eat a carb-heavy ball. Our Dark Chocolate Raspberry Energy Balls will do the trick and provide energy to sustain your workout.

Post-workout, pick an energy ball high in protein and carbs to help with muscle repair and replenish your body’s carb needs. Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Energy Balls and 4-Ingredient Cashew Chocolate Date Protein Balls are powerhouses of this necessary protein/carb combo.

Fun Additions: There are so many fun ingredients that can be added into your energy balls to increase the nutrient density and optimize variety. Chia seeds are commonly added for an excellent source of fiber which helps make you feel satisfied for a longer period of time and can help with improving gut health. They boost the amount of protein in your recipe, too. An alternative to chia seeds is ground flax meal, which also provides fiber, has a little more protein than chia seeds, and has omega 3 fatty acids which are associated with many health benefits. Dates are a great way to add natural sweetness and can be the glue to hold your energy balls together. Nuts are a great way to add in good sources of heart-healthy fats. Diversify the nuts by trying out almonds, walnuts, cashews, or peanuts for a variety of flavors and nutrients.

Pro-Tips: Energy ball recipes are super simple to make for everyone! Get your kids involved. They can help, too. Check out these pro-tips:

Don’t have a food processor? No worries! Use a blender and your energy balls will still turn out amazing.

Does your recipe seem dry and won’t stick together? Add 1-2 Tbsp of water to your recipe.

Want an even easier way to make your mixture into perfect balls? Use a cookie scoop to help you out.

Check out the recipe for Lemon-Blueberry Energy Balls (Gluten-Free/Vegan) including the video on how to make them:

Lemon-Blueberry Energy Balls (Gluten-Free/Vegan)
 
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If you are looking for a quick breakfast, these easy, no-bake Lemon-Blueberry Energy Balls are a must-have. Kickstart your day with a burst of nourishing power. Bonus: vegan and gluten-free, too.
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Recipe type: Energy Ball
Cuisine: American
Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 lemon, use all juice and zest
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1¼ cup Gluten Free Oats
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, add almonds, lemon juice and zest, and maple syrup. Process until smooth.
  2. Add in half of the oats and water. Process again until a smooth consistency.
  3. Put the mixture into a bowl and add in the rest of the oats, chia seeds and dried blueberries. Stir until combined.
  4. Scoop mixture and roll into balls between the palms of your hand. Place onto a baking sheet. You should have around 15 balls.
  5. Store protein energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or freeze for about 3-4 months. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 124 Fat: 5.3 Saturated fat: 0.4 Carbohydrates: 16.5 Sugar: 7 Sodium: 1.3 Fiber: 3.5 Protein: 3.2 Cholesterol: 0
Check out the recipe for Banana Nut Energy Balls (Vegan/Gluten-Free/No Added Sugar) including the video on how to make them:

Banana Nut Energy Balls (Vegan, Gluten-Free, No Added Sugar)
 
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These bite size Banana Nut Energy Balls are a delicious, no-bake snack to make ahead. They are a great source of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein to help you crush your hunger without any added sugars.
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Recipe type: Energy Balls
Cuisine: American
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 4 Medjool dates, soaked for 5 minutes in warm water and pitted
  • 1-2 Tbsp of water
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup ground flax meal
Instructions
  1. Use a food processor to pulse walnuts and oats until there are coarse crumbs. Then place into a mixing bowl.
  2. Place banana, dates, and water into the food processor. Blend until a smooth consistency. Pour into the mixing bowl with walnuts and oat mixture.
  3. Add peanut butter, oat flour, cinnamon, and ground flax meal into the mixing bowl. Mix all ingredients until well combined.
  4. Scoop mixture and roll into balls between the palms of your hand. Place onto a baking sheet. You should have around 20 balls.
  5. Store protein energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or freeze for about 3-4 months. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 96 Fat: 2.5 Saturated fat: 0.3 Carbohydrates: 8.3 Sugar: 4.0 Sodium: 7.0 Fiber: 1.4 Protein: 1.5 Cholesterol: 0
Check out the recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Energy Balls (Protein Powder/Vegan/Gluten-Free) including the video on how to make them:

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Energy Balls (Protein Powder/Vegan/Gluten-Free)
 
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This vegan-friendly recipe is a fun take on traditional oatmeal raisin cookies. It combines all your favorite components of the cookie with the addition of more protein. This can be great for an after workout snack to help your muscles rebuild and repair or for a sweet treat on the go.
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Recipe type: Energy Balls
Cuisine: American
Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ¾ cup oat flour
  • 2 scoops of almond protein powder – try Bob’s Red Mill Almond Protein Powder
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. Mix together almond butter and agave nectar in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix oats, oat flour, almond protein powder, cinnamon, and raisins in a separate bowl.
  3. Combine all ingredients into one bowl and mix.
  4. Scoop mixture and roll into balls between the palms of your hand. Place onto a baking sheet. You should have around 15 balls.
  5. Store protein energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or freeze for about 3-4 months. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 146 Fat: 6.0 Saturated fat: 0.4 Carbohydrates: 18.3 Sugar: 6.9 Sodium: 23.5 Fiber: 3.2 Protein: 6.0 Cholesterol: 0
Check out the recipe for Dark Chocolate Raspberry Energy Balls (Vegan/Gluten-Free) including the video on how to make them:

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Energy Balls (Vegan/Gluten-Free)
 
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These bite size and delicious Dark Chocolate Raspberry Energy Balls are a great snack to have on-the-go. The fresh raspberries bring a beautiful color to this recipe and pairs great with the dark chocolate chips. Don't forget to add sea salt to marry all of the flavors together.
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Recipe type: Energy Balls
Cuisine: American
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 19 pitted medjool dates, soaked for 5 minutes in warm water and pitted
  • 1½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips (Mini works better or chop up bigger chocolate chips)
  • ⅓ cup fresh raspberries
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place dates, almonds, chocolate, and raspberries into the food processor. Pulse until mixture is thick and crumbly.
  2. Add the almond butter and sea salt. Then pulse the food processor.
  3. Scoop mixture and roll into balls between the palms of your hand. Place onto a baking sheet. You should have around 20 balls.
  4. Store protein energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or freeze for about 3-4 months. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 151 Fat: 7.3 Saturated fat: 1.0 Carbohydrates: 20.5 Sugar: 16.2 Sodium: 116.9 Fiber: 3.43 Protein: 3.4 Cholesterol: 1.4
Check out the recipe for 4-Ingredient Cashew Chocolate Date Protein Balls (Gluten-Free/No Added Sugar/Vegan) including the video on how to make them:

4-Ingredient Cashew Chocolate Date Protein Balls (Gluten-Free/ No Added Sugar/ Vegan/ Protein Powder)
 
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If you are a chocolate lover and looking for a quick snack, you need this 4-Ingredient Cashew Chocolate Date Protein Ball Recipe. It is gluten-free, vegan, contains no added sugar, and is high in protein! Deeee-licious.
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Recipe type: Energy Balls
Cuisine: American
Serves: 30
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashews (raw or toasted)
  • 1 cup almond protein powder – try Bob’s Red Mill Almond Protein Powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder
  • 18 large Medjool dates, soaked for 5 minutes in warm water and pitted (weighed at 10 ounces)
  • 2–4 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of your food processor process cashews, protein powder, and cocoa powder until nuts have broken down into small pieces. Don’t process them too much, you still want some chunks remaining.
  2. Add in pitted dates and process until combined–the mixture will look a little dry. With the motor running, add about 1 Tablespoon of water at a time until mixture is sticky and everything comes together. Depending on if your dates were juicy or dry, you may need less or more water. Careful not to add too much water or mixture will be too sticky.
  3. Using a Tablespoon, scoop mixture and roll into balls between the palms of your hand. Place on a baking sheet and continue this process. You should have about 30 energy balls.
  4. Store protein energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or freezer for about 3-4 months. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 88 Fat: 2.6 Saturated fat: 0.5 Carbohydrates: 14.9 Sugar: 10.8 Sodium: 3.5 Fiber: 2.3 Protein: 3.3 Cholesterol: 0
 

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By Shaylei Brutger, Dietetic Intern

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