Energy bites (which I think sounds better than energy balls ;-) are a trendy snack that can provide ton of nutrition in a convenient small size.
And I'm on the bandwagon!
I like to have these around as a healthy afternoon snack, a busy morning to go breakfast or include them as part of a healthy lunch. They are easy to make and easy to keep in the freezer so that you always have them on hand. Taking a little bit of time to prepare healthy snacks like this one sets you up to eat well all the time, creating healthy habits.
My previous energy bite recipe - Chocolate Chip Energy Bites - are delicious but I wanted to try something a little different and add in one of my favourite healthy ingredients: Matcha Green Tea. Matcha is full of disease fighting antioxidants and provides clear, long lasting energy. You can learn more about this awesome superfood here: What is Matcha Tea and Why I Drink It Every Day
I added in oats for clean protein, fibre and iron, hemp and chia seeds for healthy fats (and fuel for healthy energy) and cinnamon for even more antioxidants. They are lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup.
No need to turn on your oven with this simple recipe - try it out and make a step to healthier snacking, better habits and great energy!
You will want to make sure all ingredients are combined in the blender or food processor so you may have to stop it a few times and scrape the sides and mix it up since the mixture will be thick.
It is sometimes easier to make the dough into balls when your hands are damp with warm water.
Make these nut free by simply substituting sunflowerseed butter for the almond butter.
Stir together the oats, seeds, cinnamon and matcha powder in a medium mixing bowl.
Transfer the dry mixture to a high speed blender or food processor. Add in the almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract and pulse until it becomes more of a dough but still has some texture from the oats. You may have to stop it a few times to scrape the edges.
Form the "dough" into 1" balls and place them on a plate. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.