Different variations of No Bake Energy Balls have dominated Pinterest for the past few years. And, for good reason because they’re super tasty, easy to whip up, and will stay fresh all week. So, they make for an easy and healthy snack recipe that you can grab-n-go and kids love them too!
All you need to make these energy balls is a food processor and the ingredients. And, you can even add protein powder to the mix if you want to turn these into protein energy balls for a post-workout snack.
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No Bake Energy Balls Ingredients
The best part about energy balls is that the ingredients are super simple, yet healthy.
- Medjool Dates – The base of many energy ball recipes is dates. Dates are a great way health food to use when you want something to be sticky. Plus, they’re a decent source of fiber and contain loads of nutrients. Make sure you “pit” your dates before adding to the food processor (pitting means removing the seeds).
- Unsweetened Dried Mango – To add that tropical flavor to these summer energy balls, I’m adding in both dried mango and pineapple. Make sure you get unsweetened dried mango to avoid added sugars.
- Unsweetened Dried Pineapple – Same with the dried pineapple… make sure you get unsweetened. If you’re allergic to pineapple, just add in extra dried mango.
- Raw Cashews – To add in so healthy fats and give these balls more texture, I’m using raw cashews. I love using cashews because they have a very mild flavor and don’t overpower the flavors from the mango and pineapple, which are the “stars” of this energy ball recipe.
- Ground Flax Seeds – These aren’t required but I like sneaking in ground flax seeds, when possible, to boost the nutritional content. Not only will the ground flax seeds increase the fiber content, but they’ll also provide more protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Sea Salt – I always like to add a pinch of high quality sea salt to compliment and balance the sweetness. Not required.
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut – Another optional addition is to coat your energy balls with shredded coconut. This gives them another layer of texture and flavor. Make sure you get unsweetened to avoid added sugars.
How To Make These Energy Balls
These no bake energy balls are very easy to make and only require that you have a food processor.
- Process Ingredients. Add ingredients to a food processor using the ‘S’ blade and blend for 3-5 minutes until everything comes together into one big sticky chunck.
- Roll into balls. Scoop out about 1 Tbsp worth of the mixture, roll into a tight ball, and place onto a lined baking sheet or plate.
- Refrigerate. Place energy balls in the fridge for about one hour to firm up.
- Storage. Keep these energy balls stored in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Other Healthy Snack Recipes
If you’re on the search for more healthy snack ideas that are gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and healthy, here’s a few of my favorites.
- Flourless Brownies – grain free, high in protein, super delicious!
- Chili Lime Plantain Chips – craving a crunchy snack? Try these!
- Hydrating Coconut Water Fruit Popsicles – so refreshing and low calorie
- Ranch Roasted Almonds – these homemade roasted almonds are the perfect salty snack!
- Homemade Jello – great for hair, skin, nails, leaky gut, and kid friendly!
- Frozen Banana Snickers – these will satisfy your sweets & chocolate cravings in an instant!
No Bake Mango Pineapple Energy Balls | Vegan & Gluten FreeCourse: Snacks, DessertDifficulty: Easy
These mango pineapple energy balls are an easy healthy snack recipe to prep for the week. They’re gluten free and vegan.
15 Dates, pitted
1/2 C. Unsweetened Dried Mango
1/2 C. Unsweetened Dried Pineapple
1 C. Raw Cashews
3 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds
Pinch of Sea Salt
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (optional for coating)
- In a food processor using the ‘S’ blade, add the pitted dates and unsweetened dried mango. Process for a few minutes to break them down until they start to stick together a form a big chunk. Stop the processor, roughly break apart the chunk, and add it back to the processor.
- Then, add in all of the remaining ingredients, except the shredded coconut. Continue processing until everything comes together. This takes about 3-5 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when everything is stuck together and formed into one big chunk.
- Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper. Scoop out about 1 Tbsp of the mixture and roll into a tight ball. Coat the ball with the unsweetened shredded coconut (optional). Place onto plate. Repeat this process until all of the mixture is gone. This yields about 18-20 energy balls.
- Place energy balls in the fridge for about one hour to firm up. ENJOY!
- For storage, keep in a regular storage container in the fridge until ready to serve. Will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 10 days and in the freezer for up to 3 months.