A super handy for a snack on the go
I make energy balls all the time, they take less than 5 minutes to put together and are super handy for a snack on the go.
The biggest problem I find with most recipes for these is the combination of loads of delicious ingredients (such as nut butters, oats, honey etc) make each ball high in carbohydrates and fats but lack protein and are generally high in calories.
I once worked out the calories for an energy ball and it was over 200 calories. This is fine if you can control yourself to just one ball for a snack, but unfortunately I cannot.
I generally prefer high protein snacks as I my goal from training is to maintain or burn body fat depending on what I have coming up. Protein has a higher thermic effect of food (meaning it takes more calories to digest and make use of nutrients from protein than it does carbohydrates and fats) and also protein replenishes muscles after training leading to leaner muscles and less fat cells.
I also prefer low calories snacks because it doesn’t matter what the snack, if it is 50 calories or 500 calories I will never have just one!
After some searching I found this winning recipe. Simple, clean ingredients with a good mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats and they still taste unbelievable!
1 cup soft pitted dates
1/3 cup coconut flour (ground almonds also works well here)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup protein powder
Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender. If the mixture is too wet, add some more flour, if its too dry add 1/2 tbsp.-1 tbsp. water.
Roll into balls with wet hands.
Roll balls in coco powder, ground nuts, coconut flour, cinnamon- literally anything you like.