Energy balls are BIG news now. They are trending the web capturing our attention with their wholesome simplicity. I absolutely love so many things about these balls…raw being number one on the wonderful list. No cooking is necessary which means simple and it also equals a huge jolt of live food energy for a boost. Some days I even skip lunch if I snack on these mid-morning because I am so satisfied. The main energy sources here are the nuts, seeds, and honey. I use a variety of nuts and seeds depending on the direction of the nut fairy winds. The gluten-free oats are the bulky ingredient. These are your base camp ingredients. Start here and go wild with your imagination!
Check out my blissful ball creations:
Double Chocolate with Orange Bliss – base recipe plus dark cocoa powder, mini carob chips, and orange extract (recipe to follow)
Fired Up Chocolate Bliss – base recipe plus dark cocoa powder, cayenne, and cinnamon (recipe to follow)
Tropical Island Bliss – base recipe plus unsweetened pineapple, unsweetened mango, unsweetened papaya and ginger (recipe to follow)
Super Seedy Bliss – base recipe plus pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and orange extract (recipe to follow)
Oh and how fun is it to make balls instead of bars? I am certain you can come up with a few bad and tasteless ball jokes to lighten up your day. Right Michael?!!! Added bonus.
- The following are your base ingredients:
- 1 cup salted cashews (to make your own nut butter) or ½ cup prepared cashew butter (make your own and save big $$)
- 1 cup rolled gluten-free oats (I like Bob's Red Mill)
- ⅓ cup honey (if you can afford it, buy raw and local honey for added health)
- ½ cup flax seed meal
- ½ cup chopped nuts or seeds of choice
- Add ins: See instructions for details
- Unsweetened coconut for rolling
- In base of food processor, add the cup of cashews and process into a soft butter. If using prepared nut butter, skip this step. Because you are using a small amount of nuts, towards the end of processing the blade will cease to work because the butter is below it so add your honey to give it more substance to continue the processing. Add the oats and flax meal and pulse until combined. Add in your choice of a ½ cup chopped nuts or seeds. Pulse. Depending on which ball recipe you are creating, at this point you pulse in your add-ins.
- Double Chocolate Bliss w/Orange: I used a ½ cup chopped almonds and added in 3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder, ½ cup mini carob chips, and ½-1 teaspoon orange extract (depending on how orange-like you want it). Roll in coconut.
- Tropical Island Bliss: For the additional ½ cup nuts/seeds I used a combination of chia and hemp seeds. I added in 1 teaspoon ground ginger and ½ cup dried and unsweetened pineapple, mango, and papaya - It was a combination bag. Roll in coconut or hemp seeds.
- Fired Up Chocolate Bliss: For the additional ½ cup nuts, I used pistachios. I added in ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper - increase cayenne if you like it really fired up. Roll in coconut or chopped pistachios. I used coconut for simplicity.
- Super Seedy Bliss: For the additional ½ cup nuts, I used pumpkin, chia, sesame, and sunflower seeds. I added in a ½ teaspoon orange extract for additional flavor. Roll in a variety of these seeds.