Raw Vegan Nut Butter Energy Balls

Raw Vegan Nut Butter Energy Balls

I make this recipe almost weekly or a couple times a week. They are perfect for a on the go breakfast, quick snack between meals or an after school snack for the little ones. They are packed with ingredients that are good for you {and some chocolate, but chocolate has been proven to be good for us-in moderation}. I can actually prepare this snack in 10 minutes. It does take a couple of hours to set in the refrigerator but that’s ok. Go clean your house, do laundry, shower, watch an episode or marathon of Power or General Hospital whichever you low key love and by the time it’s over your sweet tooth will be fed!

What I love most about these raw, no bake energy balls is that you can get as creative as you like. These balls are made with oats, coconut flakes, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, natural creamy peanut butter, maple syrup, vegan chocolate chips, pure vanilla extract and cinnamon. This is my go to recipe. It’s my favorite among favorites! There are so many variations to these energy balls. They also go by a multitude of names energy bites, protein balls, power balls, oat balls the list goes on.

Did you know that by giving kids a step by step recipe to helps build their comprehension and reasoning skills. While reading recipes they are practicing so much, for instance patience, following directions building their own self confidence and individuality, they enhance their creativity through cooking experiences. Cooking and learning from a young age helps build knowledge and skills in science, math, communication and reading.

Learning to cook is a skill a child could use for the rest of their lives. Children are more likely to make wiser decisions on healthier food choices as adults from their cooking experiences from a young age. Next time you make this recipe have your little ones help. It’s a great bonding time as well. They love feeling like they created something with you. Maybe you can even get those picky eaters to lick the spoon.

There are so many recipes for these amazing balls of energy all over the web but there is a basic guideline to follow. There are a few main ingredients in every recipe.

Oats– Oats are the perfect base for these balls. They are filling & nutritious as well as very inexpensive. They give the perfect texture to bind with the rest of the ingredients. You don’t feel so guilty eating this snack because it has oats in it. Which makes it healthy right?

Nut or Seed Butter– You’re choice of butter is just as optional. I use whatever I have in my pantry. Whether it’s natural peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter. Tahini would work too. It’s one of the main ingredients because it adds healthy fats, makes the balls more filling and helps bind them as well. All while making you want more!

Sweetener– Maple or Date Syrup {Some people use honey but for the love of bees, we’ll stick with the vegan options}. Usually it is a sticky sweetener. It has to be in order to bind the dry ingredients together. It’s the glue of it all.

Optional Add Ins– This is where you can get creative and change the entire flavor profile of these little balls. Add flax and chia seeds, vegan chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut flakes, pumpkin, cinnamon, mint, the options are endless.


Start by combining all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Stir and fold ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes to chill the mixture. It helps with rolling the balls together.

Once chilled, roll the mixture into balls of desired size or shape into bars.

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 1 week.

You may be interested in my Vegan Raw Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls.

Print Recipe
Raw Vegan Nut Butter Energy Balls
A quick and easy treat, just what you need for healthy snacking!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
dozen
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by combining all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Stir and fold ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
  2. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes to chill the mixture. It helps with rolling the balls together.
  3. Once chilled, roll the mixture into balls of desired size or shape into bars.
  4. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 1 week.
Recipe Notes

Did you attempt this recipe? Please let me know how you liked it {or not} by leaving a comment below or sharing a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #mamawentveganrecipes or @mamawentvegan. I love to hear your feedback and see your creations!


 

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