Some vegan energy balls are delicious but there made up of mostly nut butter and chocolate, others are super healthy but lack flavor or are too dry, so we are not excited about making or eating them. What I have tried to achieve with this recipe is a balance between the two, something that is healthy enough that you can eat them every day and something that is so tasty you want to eat them every day.
I have achieved this by using nuts that have a creamy texture, so are not dry. I have used seeds that pack flavor and healthy oils, I have combined dried fruits to get the right consistency and don’t contain too much sugar and lastly, I have limited the use of nut butter and chocolate to a minimum for obvious reasons.
Anyone who tells you that making energy balls is not fun has yet to get creative and customize them to their liking. Playing with the ingredients and getting to use up whatever you have lying around the kitchen is where the power of the balls really comes to light.
If you would like to get creative, or just want to use up what you already have in the kitchen, you can find a guide at the bottom of this page on how to customize these energy balls.
Vegan Energy Bites
- 1/2 cup almonds whole, milled or sliced
- 1/4 cup dried dates
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries or any other dried fruit
- 1/4 cup vegan dark or cooking chocolate
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds whole or milled
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- shredded coconut for coating
- If your using dried fruits as I do, then the first thing we need to do is soak them in a little warm water. Place the dates and cranberries into a bowl and cover with hot tap water or boiling water from a kettle and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
- Start by putting the dry ingredients into the food processor: the almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and chocolate. Process these ingredients until you get a grain-like texture, keep an eye on it and be sure not to over process them so they turn into a liquid.
- Next place the dried dates and dried cranberries into the mix,
- Lastly add the peanut butter, salt, and lime juice. At this point the mixture may be getting really thick and forming one big ball, you may need to break it up with a wooden spoon and re-process a few times to ensure it is evenly mixed and blended.
- If the mixture looks and feels a little dry, just add a little more lime juice or water in half tablespoon quantities until the right consistency is reached. it should be sticky and thick.
- Now the fun part, getting your hands dirty! Put the shredded coconut or whatever coating you would like to use into a bowl. Using a spoon take a heap of the mixture and start rolling it in your hands. This recipe makes about 12 balls but whats more important is that there even, so take note of roughly how big your heaped spoon is. Your aiming for something a little smaller than a golf ball.
- Once you have a nice sphere, roll the ball around in the shredded coconut until you get a nice even coating. Repeat until all your mixture is used.
How to customize these energy balls to your liking
I made so many version of these energy balls before I finally settled on this recipe that I know exactly how much dry vs wet content needs to go in them to make a perfect consistency. Using the below ratios, you can change all the ingredients to include the ones you like most, I have made some suggestions on things that I have considered myself to get you started.
- Nuts: 1 cup total – Use any nuts you like! Almonds are good but try cashews for a creamy texture.
- Dried fruits: 1 cup total – I often use apricots (they don’t need to be soaked) but dried blueberries, raspberries any berries work well.
- Seeds, Oats, and Grains: 1/4 cup – the world is your oyster, want more carbs, go with oats, love sesame seeds, go for it.
- Nut Butter: 2-3 tbsp total – I would love to try macadamia butter, use your fave, whatever it may be.
- Favor/Sweetness: 1/4 cup – this could be chocolate, more nut butter, cacao, maple syrup
- Liquid: 1 tbsp – lemon, lime juice or even vanilla extract or just water is fine.
- Topping: I used coconut, but other popular choices are – crushed pistachios, sesame seeds, and cacao powder.
Then you’re just left with adding a little salt if you want it.