An energy balls recipe is a healthy no-bake snack that is loved by both vegans and non-vegans alike. This post will answer some of the most common questions about energy balls, such as how long they last, can you freeze them, and if they are good for you? We'll also take a look at vegan protein balls to see what makes them different from regular energy balls.
Vegan Energy Balls
You've already got a lot on your plate, so it's important that the recipes you choose are quick and easy. If you're looking for something nutritious, delicious, and simple to make, these vegan no-bake energy balls might be just what you need!
Whip up this recipe in 10 minutes or less with only six ingredients to make the perfect snacks. They'll give you an instant burst of energy without weighing down your stomach as some heavier snacks would. Plus they taste great too - we promise this favorite recipe won't leave any leftovers when people get their hands on them tomorrow morning!
What are Energy Balls?
Energy balls, also known as no-bake energy bites or protein balls, are a healthy snack that is made up of only five to six ingredients. The base for these snacks is typically oats and dates which both contain high amounts of natural fiber to keep you full.
They may also include nut butter such as peanut butter or almond butter, which is high in healthy fats and protein. These ingredients are then mixed together to form a dough-like texture that can be rolled into balls and eaten immediately or stored for later consumption.
What Can I use Instead of Medjool Dates?
If you don't care for the flavor of dates or perhaps you can't locate fresh dates locally, that is okay! There are a few different options to replace them in this recipe. You'll need an equal amount. The 5 to 6 dates needed for this are equal to approximately ½ cup dried fruit. Replace them in this recipe with up to ½ cup of any of or a mixture of the options below.
- Raisins (regular or golden)
- Dried figs
- Dried apricots
- Dried peaches or plums
- Dried cherries or cranberries
Just make sure that whatever you use to substitute in this recipe is also vegan and has no animal product additives. With dried fruit this is 99% unlikely to happen, but if you are following a plant-based diet you know to always double-check.
What Can I Use to Replace Peanut Butter in Energy Bites?
You are more than welcome to try different nut butter for your no-bake snacks, such as almond or cashew butter if you prefer a milder taste.
If you don't like the fat content of nuts then there is also sunflower seed butter which has fewer calories per serving size and doesn't have any cholesterol either!
- Rolled oats
- Medjool dates
- Peanut butter
- Coconut syrup
- Non-dairy milk
- Carob chips or vegan chocolate chips
Note: substitute honey or any favorite liquid sweetener in place of coconut flavored syrup.
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Blender or food processor
- Silcone spatula
- Cookie scoop
- Bowl or container with lid
How to Make Vegan Energy Balls
In a blender or food processor, add the rolled oats and pulse for 30-seconds.
Add the Medjool dates to the oats and pulse until the dates are mostly small pieces and incorporated with the oats.
Next, add the peanut butter, coconut syrup (or honey), and non-dairy milk. Continue pulsing until the mixture is nicely combined.
Pour into a large bowl, and then stir in the chocolate or carob chips.
With clean hands, form into 1" balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet or in a container with a lid.
Store covered at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Yes. With the combination of nut butter and oats, they are a good option for a small protein snack. They do not have a large amount of protein per ball but compared to other sugary and sweet snacks, they are an excellent choice. You can also add nuts and seeds to the mixture to increase the protein if desired.
These no-bake vegan energy balls are a healthier snack compared to many processed treats you may find in a grocery store. Since they are mostly protein and fiber they are considered a healthy choice. However, as with anything, an excess amount or a lot of mix-ins like chocolate can make them not as healthy. This recipe is a great healthy snack.
These are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature. For less mess, I recommend separating layers of them with parchment paper or wax paper so they do not stick together.
They are typically good for up to 5 days on the counter at room temperature. If you will not be eating them within 5 days, you will want to refrigerate them. They will last up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
Yes. You can definitely freeze these vegan protein bites. Separate them in layers with parchment paper then place them into a freezer storage bag or an airtight freezer container. Make sure to label and date them and freeze them for up to one month after making them. They are best served at room temperature and can be thawed on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes prior to serving.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 6 Medjool dates
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut syrup
- 1 tablespoon almond milk
- ½ cup vegan chocolate chips
- In a blender or food processor, add the rolled oats and pulse for 30-seconds.
- Add the Medjool dates to the oats and pulse until the dates are mostly small pieces and incorporated with the oats.
- Next, add the peanut butter, coconut syrup (or honey), and non-dairy milk. Continue pulsing until the mixture is nicely combined.
- Pour into a large bowl, and then stir in the chocolate or carob chips.
- With clean hands, form into 1" balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet or in a container with a lid.
- Store covered at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Replace the chocolate chips with equal amounts sunflower seeds or chia seeds for more protein.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g