Basic Energy Balls – 3 Ingredients

Energy Balls are a quick easy snack that you can use to boost your macro or micronutrient daily intake. Master this basic recipe and you are well on your way to creating customised, delicious, and nutritious snacks.
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Serving Suggestions

Energy balls coated in chocolate and superfood powders

Customise your energy balls without changing the ingredients…

Dip: Melt dark chocolate and dip the energy balls into the chocolate and then into hemp seeds for added protein.

Coating: Cover them completely with melted dark chocolate and refrigerate them for a delicious hard shell coating.

Roll: Use a brightly coloured and slightly tart-flavoured superfood powder to roll them in for a boost of flavour. (Blueberry Powder was used in this image).

Energy balls are one of the quickest, easiest and kitchen-friendly snacks to whip up. Once you get the hang of this basic energy balls recipe, you will quickly begin adding, substituting and creating your very own master pieces.

Here are a few notes to consider when experimenting with the basic recipe:

Nut Butters

Different kinds of nut butters have different consistencies. If your nut butter has a runny consistency you may need to add extra dry ingredients.

Do so 1 tsp at a time, so that the mixture does not become too dry. 

If it is very dry, add a bit of water to your mix. Again, add the water 1 tsp at a time, keep mixing and make sure you don’t make it too runny.

Honey

Raw honey can be very thick and others very runny. This is largely dependent on the bees, the source of their pollen and the resulting ratio of fructose (runnier) to glucose (thicker and crystallised).

If you only have very thick honey, place it in a container and then place that container in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. This should make it go softer and more pliable. 

SUBSTITUTE:

Maple Syrup – Maple syrup is a great substitute, especially if you are wanting a vegan version. Remember to note the consistency, it can be a lot funnier than honey and you may need to adjust your dry ingredients.

Syrup – Not everyone has honey or maple. In this case, there isn’t anything wrong with using syrup. It will most likely be a lot sweeter and you may want to make them a little smaller to assist with portion control, but the outcome should be fairly consistent.

Mixing Note

Initially, it will seem like the mix will never blend properly, but as you work it, the nut butter and honey will warm and soften. The mixture will begin to clot and then stick together more and more. This makes it difficult to work with a spoon. You may even want to opt to mix with your hands straight off.

As it mixes, less and less will stick to your hands.

Testing Readiness

A mixture that is too dry will break apart and be crumbly. Add a little water 1 tbsp at a time to get the right consistency.

If the mixture is too wet it won’t keep its shape. Add additional dry ingredients 1 tsp at a time, but be sure to mix it in well.

Getting Creative

When you make your energy balls and start seeing the effect of the wet and dry ingredients, you will get a sense of how to adjust the ingredients. When you feel confident about this you can start getting creative by adding nuts, seeds, spices, extracts and whatever else strikes your fancy.

This can be a fun process but realistically, things can go wrong. When trying something new, keep the batch small and remember to make notes as you go along and afterwards.

When trying things out, remember your apron is your lab coat and your EXPERIMENTING. Experimentation is about figuring out what does AND what does not work. Don’t give it up, it’s what makes the kitchen fun.

Let’s make it!

Energy Balls with oats, honey and peanut butter

Basic Energy Balls

If you’ve never made Energy Balls and need to get familiar with the basics, this recipe couldn’t be easier. It’s basic, has the creaminess of peanut butter, and the sweetness of the honey which makes for a rich, satisfying, and indulgent snack. This no-bake, ready-in-20-minutes energy ball recipe is easy and uses common ingredients that you can customize by adding some of your favourite extras.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: International
Servings: 14 balls

Equipment

  • 1 Medium-sized mixing bowl
  • 1 Wooden spoon

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup Quick oats

Wet Ingredients

  • 0.5 cup Peanut butter salt & sugar free
  • 0.3 cup Honey raw

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl add the dry ingredients
    1.5 cup Quick oats
  • If you are adding any other spices, powders, chopped nuts, chocolate, fruit or flours to the mix, make sure to mix the dry ingredients well. If you add it after the wet ingredients it becomes difficult to get the distribution even – not impossible, just difficult.
  • Then add the wet ingredients, on top of the dry ingredients
    0.5 cup Peanut butter, 0.3 cup Honey
  • Using a wooden spoon or a spoon with a comfortable handle begin scooping the oats on the wet ingredients and pressing down. Gradually work the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, if using a spoon becomes to difficult, use your hands 
  • The mixture is ready when the wet and dry mix is fully incorporated and in a ball. If you pinch off a piece and mould it with your hands, it should keep its shape and not be crumbly.

Notes

Nut Butters: Different nut butters have different consistency. If your nut butter has a runny consistency you may need to add extra dry ingredients. Do so 1 tbsp at a time, so that the mixture does not become too dry. 
Honey: Raw honey can be very thick and others very runny. This is largely dependent on the bees, the source of their pollen and the resulting ratio of fructose (runnier) to glucose (thicker and crystallised). If you only have very thick honey, place it in a container and then place that container in a bowl of warm water. This should make it go softer and more pliable. 
Mixing Note: Initially, it will seem like the mix will never blend properly, but as you work it, the nut butter and honey will warm and soften. The mixture will begin to clot and then stick together more and more. This makes it difficult to work with a spoon. You may even want to opt to mix with your hands straight off. As it mixes less and less will stick to your hands.
Testing Readiness: A mixture that is too dry will break apart and be crumbly. Add a little water 1 tbsp at a time to get the right consistency. If the mixture is too wet it won't keep its shape. Add additional dry ingredients 1 tbsp at a time, but be sure to mix it in well.
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