I love making energy balls because they’re nutrient-dense, portable, easy to make, and the perfect healthy on-the-go snack. Especially now that we’re quarantining and working remotely at home, it’s more important now than ever to have some handy and wholesome snacks available. Personally, I’m so laser-focused when I work from home, that I find it hard, at times, to get up and prepare a proper snack for myself. These energy balls are ideal for that very reason-—you can easily grab them from the freezer and pop a few in your mouth to give you the energy you need. And I do prefer keeping these in the freezer because I like the bite to be extra cold.
This recipe was inspired by Melissa’s Healthy Kitchen Birthday Cake Bliss Balls. I tweaked it slightly to make it SCD legal. I haven’t tried this, yet, but I think these energy balls would also taste amazing with some lemon zest added to them because lemon zest makes everything taste better.
- 16 walnuts (32 halves)
- 5 Medjool dates
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Drizzle of honey (optional)
- Dash of sea salt
In a food processor, pulse the walnuts and shredded coconut until crumbly. Add in the dates, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt until well combined and a sticky mixture forms.
Scoop the dough by tablespoons and shape into balls. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the balls. Freeze for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Nutrition facts per serving (serves 12): 103 calories, 7.4 g fat, 3.8 g saturated fat, 1.1 mg sodium, 1.2 g protein, 8.1 g carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 6.6 g sugar