Energy balls, Power balls, or Energy bites… no matter what people are calling them these days, I absolutely love them! My mom used to make something like this when I was a kid, and then a janitor gave me a recipe for some at my first job. It’s funny how these yummy bite-sized treats have followed me wherever I go. I love them because the recipe can be altered almost endlessly and still be delicious and nutritious.
The energy comes from the power punch of protein from the peanut butter (is that an alliteration?) and the carbohydrates from the honey. Of course all the other things you add to it only enhances its nutritional boost. Let me point out first, however, that these are super yummy! Now I want to elaborate on the amazing ingredients in this particular recipe.
My Energy Ball Ingredients
- Raw Honey: According to the Mayo Clinic, raw honey helps with gastrointestinal, neurological and cardiovascular disease, as well as having anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agents.
- Peanut Butter: High in fiber, potassium, magnesium, protein, and antioxidants. Be sure to get the all natural kind that only contains peanuts and salt. Organicfacts.net
- Protein Powder: Depending on the brand you use, this can contain lots of great amino acids, and of course lots of protein. As a vegetarian I love getting so much protein in these treats.
- Teff Flour: According to Dr. Axe, Teff is known to “naturally balance hormone levels, boost immunity, stimulate digestion, strengthen bones, promote cardiovascular health and even aid weight loss.” Plus it is high in protein and fiber.
- Chia and Flax Seeds: Chia seeds and flax seeds have a load of healthy nutrients that include antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Axe explains that chia seeds are one of the highest antioxidant foods on the planet.
- Organic Cocoa Powder: Not only is this delicious, but WebMD says that cocoa powder’s concentration of iron, zinc, and selenium is very helpful for those undergoing radiation therapy. It also contains magnesium and flavonols, which help your heart.
- Himalayan Salt: Naturally mined salts contain trace minerals that, while not significant, are still closer to eating what nature intended for us. Plus it’s pretty and not super expensive. Some salts actually have distinct flavors as well.
Making the Energy Balls
This recipe couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is put everything into a bowl and mix it up with a good, strong wooden spoon. Feel free to use your hands to knead it all together like Play Doh if you like. By the way, this is a great activity to do with your kiddos. Let them mold the balls and roll them in whatever fun coating they like. Try rainbow sprinkles if it gets them interested.
Energy Balls with Raw Honey
- 1/2 c raw honey
- 1 3/4 c natural peanut butter chunky or creamy
- 1/2 c protein powder vanilla or chocolate
- 1 c teff flour
- 1/4 c organic cocoa powder
- 1/4 c ground flax seeds
- 1/4 c chia seeds
- 1/2 c seeds, grated chocolate, nuts, coconut, or rainbow sprinkles for coating balls I used chia seeds for crunch
- Add all the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl
- Pour in the honey and peanut butter
- Using a large spoon, stir until combined. You may want to use your hands to knead it into a smooth dough.
- Roll the dough into small 1-inch balls and roll in coating of your choice.
- Place in the refrigerator to harden a litle and store in an airtight container.
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