DON’T BALLS UP SNACK TIME – 5 ENERGY BALL RECIPES AND READY-MADE ALTERNATIVES

Without getting too innuendo here, I love the idea of an energy ball as a snacking choice. You are able to create a variety of different combinations in both flavour and nutritional content to suit your tastes and needs without any baking, any special equipment (just a blender) and without any fuss. Plus a ball is the perfect snack to pick up and eat on the go or pop in your bag for a mid-afternoon/after gym.

Health food stores and supermarkets alike are filled to the brim with different snacking options – power; energy; protein; you name it, there’s a ball (or bar) for it, but they aren’t always the most nutritious, delicious or wallet-friendly. So why not try these easy to make, simple energy ball recipes to help keep that ball craving at bay, using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry – or why not pick up one of my favourite ready-made alternatives for when the snack attack strikes when you are out and about (they have gone through a rigorous process in order to have been chosen and I have taken into consideration the nutritional content, flavour, texture and price to make sure I am only recommending the best alternatives to your home-made energy ball).

The best thing about creating an energy ball is you can add little by little and keep adapting your recipe. Too wet? Add more dried ingredients such as nuts, oats or protein powder. Too dry? Add a splash of fruit juice, nut mylk or nut butter. Not sticking together? Try adding a squeeze of agave nectar or honey.

Trial and error your balls until you are happy, or try some of my fool-proof recipes below:

PB AND C IT. 
Add 70g of your favourite chocolate or unflavoured protein into a food processor along with 100g of Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp of cacao powder, 10 dates and 35g of oats along with a tbsp of agave nectar or honey. Blend until the mixture is fully combined then roll into 12 balls and set in the fridge for an hour.

Pop into an airtight container (lasts for around week)

PRODUCT LOVE: Whey’d Chocolate Protein
BEST USED: After the gym.

PINA BALLADA.
Combine 50g of dried pineapple, 50g of almonds, and 25g of shredded coconut into your blender. Add in 1 tbsp of coconut oil and the zest of 1/2 lime. Combine and roll into balls and set in the fridge for an hour.

Pop into an airtight container (lasts for around week)

PRODUCT LOVE: Vita Coco Coconut Oil
BEST USED: As a pick-me-up-4pm-office-slump treat.

CARROT YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.
Take 150g dates, 100g pecans, 225g raw grated carrot, 80g oats, 20g shredded coconut, 1/2tsp of cinnamon, 1/2tsp of nutmeg and 35g of vanilla protein powder. Blitz until combined, then roll into 15 balls and set in the fridge for an hour.

Pop into an airtight container (lasts for around week)

PRODUCT LOVE: KIN Nutrition Vanilla protein.
BEST USED: As a quick on-the-go commuter breakfast.

DATE ME.
10 dates, 1 tbsp Cacao Powder, 1 scoop of Salted Caramel Protein (or vanilla protein with 1tbsp of Maca Powder), 25g cashews, 1tbsp chia seeds and 1tbsp coconut oil. Blitz until combined, then roll into 10 balls and set in the fridge for an hour.

Pop into an airtight container (lasts for around week)

PRODUCT LOVE: Missfits Salted Caramel Protein
BEST USED: Pre-workout.

IT’S NOT TERRYS – IT’S MINE.
Combine 1 heaped tbsp of Chocolate Orange Nut Butter with a scoop of your favourite chocolate or unflavoured protein, 1tbsp of Cacao Powder and the zest and juice of 1 small orange. Blitz until combined, then roll into 10 balls and set in the fridge for an hour.

Pop into an airtight container (lasts for around week)

PRODUCT LOVE: Pip and Nut Chocolate Orange Almond Butter.
BEST USED: After dinner for a sweet treat.

My balls not up to your desired texture/flavour? Then why not create your own combinations or pick up one of my favourite ready-made products.

Pulsin Salted Caramel – made using South American cacao, sea salt and date paste the pulsin SC brownies are a delicious gooey dense bar that hits all the sweet tooth spots. RRP: from £1.09, Boots.

Nakd Blueberry Muffin – using only 100% natural ingredients such as dates, cashews, raisins and almonds this bar tastes exactly like a blueberry muffin, just healthier and better. The perfect afternoon snack that satisfies those cravings. RRP: from 0.75p, Sainsbury’s.

Rhythm 108 Coconut Macaroon – not advertised as a protein bar but this natural gluten-free and organic good-for-you bar will become one of your go to. Made with dates, coconut, cashews, half a glass of Swiss milk and apple cider vinegar the goodness oozes out of every bite. RRP: from £1.59, Selfridges

Deliciously Ella Hazelnut and Raisin – juicy raisins give this ball an extra helping hand paired perfectly with chunks of roasted hazelnut, cardamon and cinnamon for a sweet treat with a depth of flavour. RRP: from £1.80, Waitrose

Bounce Apple and Cinnamon – this ball, although having nearly 3x more ingredients than the rest of the products is still one of my all-time favourites for breakfast. The sweet earthy apple flavour mixed with cashews and whey protein keeps you going all morning long. RRP: from £1.79, Holland and Barrett.

 

1 Comment

  1. August 27, 2018 / 9:26 am

    Girl you have got me BALLS deep right now! Date me sounds right up my street.. I think I have some dates lying around somewhere to recreate this sexy balls xx

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