Need a quick snack? These protein-packed, nutrient-dence energy balls recipes make the perfect snack all week long.
All you have to do is throw your favorite healthy energy balls ingredients into a food processor, blend, form into a ball, and enjoy. Check out our favorite energy balls recipes here, as well as a basic energy ball recipe that you can get creative with and deviate from.
What are Energy Balls?
Energy Balls are a combination of dried fruit, nut butter, seeds, and other ingredient add-ins that offer a densely nutritious snack in a little ball. They taste like dessert, but are actually good for you!
Are protein balls and energy balls the same thing? Essentially, yes they are the same exact thing. However, a protein ball recipe typically means that the recipe includes protein powder for extra protein.
Why Make Energy Balls?
It is no surprise that we love energy balls on Team Fit Foodie! Whether you call this amazing snack energy bites, protein balls, or energy balls, we hope you love them just as much as we do.
Why do we love energy balls? Well, they are the perfect snack to make at the beginning of every week that is both healthy and delicious. We love energy bites because they are:
- No-Bake Snack: No baking, microwaving, or Instant Potting involved.
- Kid-Friendly: tastes like cookie dough and kid-approved.
- Grab-and-go: by meal prepping them, it’s a 2-second snack when you want to eat one.
- Healthy: packed with protein and fiber and made with all-natural ingredients without added sugar!
- Customizable: Easy to mix and match ingredients
What you Need to Make Energy Balls
Energy balls vary greatly with what they’re made with, but they all have one thing in common- they are nutrient-dense. Our Peanut Butter Energy Balls, for example, are made with peanut butter, dates, and oats with a chocolate swirl topping.
Below you will find popular energy balls ingredients to stock up on!
Dried Fruit: The majority of our energy balls recipes are made with a Medjool date base. Medjool dates are sticky and naturally sweet, which make for the perfect no bake energy balls binder. We’ve also used other dried fruit such as figs, apricots, and dried blueberries.
Nut Butter/Nuts: The energy in energy balls comes from foods that are densely nutrition like…nuts! We like to use a nut or nut butter in our energy balls for healthy fats and a yummy texture.
All-Natural (Sticky) Sweetener: In addition dried fruit, you’ll need another binder such as honey, brown rice syrup, or maple syrup. We like to stick with all-natural sweeteners to avoid refined sugars.
Mix-Ins: Lastly, you’ll want to usee other mix-ins such as chia seeds, flax seeds, dried coconut, chocolate chips, spices, etc. to give your energy balls some uniqueness!
No matter what energy bites recipe you decide on, you can always add in protein powder to give your energy balls an extra boost.
guide to protein powder
Looking for the best protein powder to buy? Check out our Guide to Protein Powder where we share our top plant-based and whey protein powders.
Energy Balls Pantry Staples
- Nut Butter (peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter, sunflower butter, etc.)
- Nuts (peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc.)
- Cocoa powder
- Chocolate Chips
- Dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, blueberries, dates)
- Protein powder (Check out our favorite protein powders HERE)
- Seeds (chia, hemp, sunflower)
How to Make Energy Balls
The great thing about energy balls is that you mix all of your ingredients together, roll them into balls, and you’re good to go!
Now, some energy ball recipes such as our famous Peanut Butter Energy Balls do call for a food processor, but some do not.
The reason you may need a food processor is to pulverize ingredients such as dates, oats, or whole nuts.
If you’re looking for an energy balls recipe without a food processor, I highly suggest starting with our Peanut Butter Protein Balls recipe!
Energy Balls Quick Q&A
- How do you make an energy ball? Energy balls are made with dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and other mix-ins. You’ll likely need a high-speed food processor in order to pulverize everything into a dough in order to form your energy balls.
- Are energy bites healthy? Energy balls are typically packed with healthy fats, fiber, and protein, making them an excellent, healthy on-the-go snack!
- How do you store energy balls? Store energy balls in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for up to 3 months or, in an air-tight container in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Cookie Dough Energy Balls Recipe
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates ~15*
- 1 cup all-natural drippy cashew butter
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon coarse sea salt
- ½ cup Mini chocolate chips
- Place rolled oats in a high speed food processor and process on high for about a minute until you’ve formed oat flour.
- Then, add dates, cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt to your food processor and process on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stopping to scrape the sides until your dough is formed. It should look and feel like cookie dough.
- Add in mini chocolate chips and pulse to combine.
- Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out dough and then roll between your palms to form balls.
- Finally, sprinkle with sea salt.
Tips & Notes
- The texture of energy balls depends on how drippy your nut butter is or how oily your nut of choice is. If balls are too dry add a bit more nut butter or a couple teaspoons of water.
I think Fit Foodie Finds has 100+ energy balls recipes (okay, exaggerating…), but I wanted to pull in some of my favs from FFF as well as from other healthy food bloggers! Check it out.
Peanut Butter Energy Balls
These peanut butter energy balls are everything you’ve ever wanted in a snack. They’re made with real ingredients in less than 10 minutes! So, whip out your food processor and make the best healthy peanut butter balls on the planet.
Chocolate No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
In under 10 minutes, you can have these Chocolate No Bake Peanut Butter Balls ready to go for your weekly snack. Best part? There are no dates or food processors involved so you can make these no bake energy balls in no time.
Healthy Peanut Butter Brownie Balls
These healthy Peanut Butter Brownie Balls are the energy ball of all energy balls. They’re packed with protein and fiber and pretty much taste like dessert!
Coconut Chocolate Energy Balls from Fit Foodie Finds
Make snack time easy this week and make a batch of these easy Coconut Chocolate energy Balls for a healthy meal prep snack throughout the week.
Cake Batter Protein Balls
These super flavorful Cake Batter Protein Balls are energy packed from 6 simple ingredients. And no food processor required!
These showcase the best of the culinary world with their mouth-watering and inspiring recipe ideas!
i don’t understand how you can call these protein balls “protein packed” with only 2g of protein per ball?
I made the basic recipe, and it was delicious! I used chia seeds and ground flaxseed as my mix-ins. However, it only made 28 balls, rather than 40.
I found these a little too sweet with that much honey, but they are still very good! I used chia seeds, as a mix-in. The result is a bit birdfood-ish and the seeds sometimes crumble off, but I like the unique texture it made…a bit different than other energy balls I’ve made.
For the recipes that call for rolled oats, does it make a difference using instant oats?
The consistency of the nut butter was too thick for my poor ninja blender and the motor died on me. I was still able to complete the recipe by hand but…poor blender. I used oats, raisins, pecans, peanut butter and honey and dusted with cacao. My son noted that they tasted like those Keebler cheese and peanut butter crackers
Oh no!!!!! I’m sorry about your Ninja!
I was curious so I just checked…I have almost 900 recipes for energy bites saved a dedicated Pinterest board just for energy balls! you could say I’m a fan…haha.
OMG that is amazing!
Great Energy ball recipe!
I want to make them all.
Bookmarking now! Healthy and delicious!
I have heard about these and always wanted to try making them! Every one of these recipes lookes delicious I might have to give them all a try!
You’ve never made BALLS!!!! Get on that 😛
So many ball jokes! I want to make them all.
😛 You could change your URL to EatingBalls.com.
Yum! Sign me up for any of the peanut butter energy balls! I love these – they’re such a quick and easy (not to mention, healthy) way to give me an energy boost!
OMG I WISH I had some of these on me… starving hungry and resisting the biscuits is harrrd!!
Balls balls balls. Just can’t get enough.
😛 Dats why we’re frands.
These all look so good! I can’t wait to try those naturally pink chocolate chip ones. 🙂
YES!! Those look great and Kelly from Nosh and Nourish is amazeballs 😀
Wow, these look absolutely delicious. I have a trouble finding sweet treats that I can eat. I am mostly paleo and try to stay away from all grains, but this is awesome! Definitely something I want to make for my post workout treat meal.
Thanks for sharing– this is going to save my life!!
WOOOOOOOOO! Balls on balls on balls! If any of them call for flour or oats…just use almond or cashew meal!
Such a good idea for a post! Bookmarking now 🙂
OMG so many balls of joy!! I want to make them all!
😛 Balls for life.
You gotta have nut butter! I also like adding some dates, oats and carob chips!
o0ooo carob chips. I haven’t had those in forrr.ever.