Customizable Energy Balls will keep you satisfied and nourished at any time of day! Ready in just 10 minutes with minimal ingredients like nuts, coconut, and dates, these pretty bites are a great snack on-the-go. Vegan, gluten-free, no-bake treats with no food processor required!
If you’re ever in San Diego, I highly recommend visiting the Little Italy Farmers Market. It is a massive, year-round street market that takes place downtown on Saturday mornings. In our current apartment I am fortunate enough to be walking distance. It’s a wonderful place to draw recipe inspiration and get new ideas.
Recreating store-bought items is one of my favorite hobbies as it’s very satisfying to craft your own version of a food you really enjoyed while out. A few months ago I went through the same process with this Green Machine Smoothie from Erthe Foods. The last time I visited their stand at the farmers market I picked up a lavender energy bite. This recipe was inspired by that!
Flexibility is the name of the game for this recipe. I wanted to create something that would work with a variety of ingredient types so that you could hopefully use what you have on hand. The standout feature today is of course the bright pink color, courtesy of beet juice. It makes for prettier photos but is 100% optional and does not affect flavor!
How to Make Energy Balls
No baking is required for this recipe, and the ingredient list is relatively short to boot. You’ll need:
- Dates or raisins
- Nuts and nut butter
- Almond extract (trust me!)
That’s about it! Optional toppings like chocolate chips, cocoa powder, hemp seeds, or coconut are definitely encouraged.
I highly recommend using a food processor for this recipe, but there are some ways to get around it.
How to Make Energy Balls Without a Food Processor
I understand that a food processor is an expensive piece of kitchen equipment and not accessible to everyone. I also know that it takes up quite a bit of space, so in a small kitchen that’s not always easy! If you are looking to make this recipe without a high-powered blender or processor, here are some tips.
- Instead of whole almonds or cashews, we’ll sub in equal amounts of almond flour and finely ground oat flour. This helps mimic the texture that comes from grinding nuts fresh. I find that subbing purely almond flour tends to be heavy on my stomach, so oat is a helpful component!
- Soaking the dates in hot water for ten minutes will insure they are extra soft so they can easily be chopped and mashed into a paste. This will help hold everything together, along with some extra runny nut butter.
Looking for more date-sweetened recipes? Try one of these!Print