These energy balls are full of healthy fats and protein and have only 5 ingredients. They taste like dessert and will leave you feeling satisfied before or after a workout. They are also great for a mid-day pick me up snack!
I have been making energy balls for over a decade, before they were cool. I remember reading a Women's Health Magazine at the gym and seeing an article about energy balls made from peanut butter. They are the perfect pre or post workout snack according to the magazine (and they are right! they are great). I raced home and whipped them up in under 10 minutes. I almost ate the entire batch in one sitting. If you don't have some of these ingredients on hand leave me a comment and we can figure out substitutions together!
These almond butter energy balls are made with only five ingredients
- almond butter
- coconut oil
- protein powder. I have linked my favorite protein powder here
- hemp hearts. I will link my favorite brand here, they are also very reasonably priced.
You might be able to skip the coconut oil
A lot of energy ball recipes don't factor in the issue of variance in nut butters. In this blog post I give you instructions for both oily, runny almond butter and thick dryer almond butter.
Almond butters vary greatly with texture. I made these balls with a dry almond butter therefore I needed a little coconut oil to help mix in the ingredients. If your almond butter is oily, you can skip the coconut oil all together. You want the texture for these balls to take shape and stay formed into a ball. If they are too oily, add more protein and hemp hearts to the mix.
These almond butter energy balls are great for a pre or post workout snack
You can 2 of these balls before a workout to help fuel you, or 2 afterwards to help with recovery. No one wants to workout on a full stomach, it's always great to have a little snack on hand for these situations. They also make a great treat when you are having a sweet tooth.
5 Ingredient Almond Butter Energy Balls
- small mixer
- food processor
- 1 ½ cup almond butter
- 1 tsp melted coconut oil Only add if your almond butter is on the dry side
- 6 dates
- 1/4 cup protein powder I use this protein but use any brand you prefer. If you don't have protein powder use coconut flour instead
- 3 tbs hemp hearts
- pinch of sea salt
- Soak dates in hot water for a few minutes and then chop. Toss all ingredient (except kosher salt) into a vitamin or blender and mix together. If mixing by hand chop dates up very small so they are equally spread throughout.
- Scoop out portions with an ice cream scoop and roll together into equal size balls. place on parchment paper on a plate. sprinkle with kosher salt lightly. move to a storage container and keep in the fridge. Balls will keep in the fridge for over a week.