What are Energy Balls?
Today I want to tell you about this delicious healthy snack called energy balls. These sweet treats look like the Indian sweet ‘ladoos’! When I first came across them, I thought they were glorified ladoos! Haha! However they are way healthier than your standard ladoo and really quite yum! They are perfect ‘pick me up’ snack when your energy levels are hitting low on a work day. Or good for a post-workout or post-yoga energy boost. They also make a great healthy dessert, especially my recipe for rose & pistachio energy balls which are filled with a beautiful aroma and flavour.
An energy ball is usually made with a base of dates and nuts and then other nutritious ingredients are added in. This usually involves protein powder, seeds and superfoods. You can then work on the flavour by adding essential oils or flavoured water or essence.
What is the source of ‘Energy’ in Energy Balls?
I have been working on various recipes and combinations of nuts and dates and flavours and finally have found success with a good base recipe. I use dates and brazil nuts to make the base. Brazil nuts are a wonderful source of protein and packed with the anti-oxidant selenium. Selenium is firstly great for boosting your metabolism and assists in the healthy thyroid function. Secondly it is great for preventing ageing of skin. It helps prevent breast cancer in women. Finally and most important for men, selenium helps boost testosterone levels and sperm motility. If you cannot get your hands on brazil nuts then you can use almonds instead.
I then add in chia seeds or flax seeds to not only help bind the ingredients together but to also add another source of protein and fibre. I like to add a heap of pea protein powder. I have found this to be the closest to a complete dairy free plant based protein. You can also use whey protein. When you buy your protein powder, make sure that they are no fillers or flavours. The best protein powders are those that contain the basic protein source in its simplest form. I find protein powder also gives great texture. You can use coconut powder if you feel unsure about protein powder, but trust me this is the easiest way to start introducing protein powder into your diet! I used to be so scared of protein powder, but now I enjoy the boost of energy it gives me and the creative ways of adding it into your diet. They are an added source of ‘energy’ to your energy balls.
Rose & Pistachio Energy Balls
You can then add your flavours. This recipe has the classic rose & pistachio combination. The heady smell and flavour of rose with the green crunch of pistachio is a marriage made in heaven! They make these energy balls more exotic and a wonderful healthy indulgence instead of being a serious protein snack! You can add any number of flavours from cocoa and maca to matcha and coconut.
I made a delicious version of turmeric and ginger using turmeric latte blend from Wunderworkshop. The recipe is up on their blog and these energy balls were delicious! I used their coconut based turmeric latte instead of protein powder and it gave a wonderful texture. You can get the recipe out by clicking here.
These energy balls are a breeze to make if you have a food processor. The best thing is that once made, it lasts for a minimum two weeks refrigerated and upto a month. You can make these in bulk and keep one in hand for a regular on the go snack! Just make sure to add as much sources of protein to balance the amount of sugar from the date, so that these energy balls do the job they are supposed to-energise you! Ready to give this wonderful healthy snack a try? Let me know if you enjoy making and eating these lovelies in the comments below. What other flavours do you suggest? I would love to hear from you and do share this recipe if you find it interesting! As always use the tag #meghnas or #meghnaskitchen when posting on Instagram so that I can see your lovely version of my recipe.