If, like me, you have a drop in energy around 3pm then these energy balls will soon become a firm favourite! I first came across energy balls through Deliciously Ella. I have already mentioned a few times that I am big fan of her sweet recipes, mainly because she cuts out all refined sugar. While I am the first to admit that I have not cut out sugar completely (in fact, I made a delicious caramelized pear salad this weekend – recipe coming soon!) I find that sugary treats can sometimes give me headaches and make me feel tired. This is why I often make a batch of these banana cereal bars on a Sunday ready for a grab and go snack throughout the working week. Besides, we consume way too much sugar so any recipe that still hits that sweet spot but without the guilt is a winner for me!
These energy balls are perfect to keep in your handbag or at your desk as a quick energy booster. They also require no actual cooking time, making them a quick and easy recipe to whip up. They keep in the fridge, in an airtight container, for around 2 weeks and are also freezable. The only problem is that they are incredibly moreish..! They still have around 210 calories per ball so try not to eat them all at once!
I make this recipe using peanut butter but you can easily replace with any other nut butter. If you can get your hands on soft (medjool dates) then do so. Otherwise just use standard dates (stones removed) and place in a bowl of boiling hot water for around 10-15 mins before draining and adding to the food processor.
- 400g soft dates (medjool dates)
- 2 tbpsn peanut butter
- 1 tbspn coconut oil
- 100g plain oats
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until the mixture turns into dough.
- Take 1 tbspn of the mixture and roll into a ball. Continue to do so with the rest of the dough.
- Place in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.