Espresso Energy Balls

Espresso Energy Balls

Sometimes the best things are born out of necessity… like these wonderful little bite-sized balls o’ energy.

I often come in from teaching 2 bootcamps so ravenous I could eat my right arm off, and feel like face planting into the closest food handy.  I usually take time to make a smoothie bowl or chickpea omelette, but sometimes I just want something quick (and healthy!) to munch on while I’m whipping it up.

What’s a hungry dietitian to do??

Espresso Energy Balls

Well, I’ll tell ya… from now on I’m gonna make up a batch of these little bad boys about once a week so I can pop one or two while I’m making my “real” snack.  And I think everyone will be happier for it.  But I won’t limit them to post-bootcamp only. No, these little bites are so healthy that a couple of them with a piece of fruit qualify as a take-along breakfast, and delicious enough to count as dessert.  Or sometimes when I’m just craving something chocolatey & snack-y in the afternoons, I’ll have a couple with a cup of tea… it gets me through til dinner, & makes me feel like I’ve indulged myself.

And what could be better than that??

Espresso Energy Balls

These guys are made with dates, oats, walnuts, cocoa powder, and a little hit of espresso powder.  I also used some vegan protein powder to up the protein content, but if you don’t keep that around, just sub coconut flour.  They take literally minutes to whiz up in your food processor (I used my mini) and this recipe makes 15 balls- enough for the week (usually!) Did I mention you don’t have to bake them?

Espresso Energy Bites

So why not go make them right now and have your snacks set for the week??  There’s no good reason, really.

Espresso Energy Balls

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 15 1-inch balls

Calories per serving: 85

Fat per serving: 3 grams

Saturated fat per serving: 0.5 grams

Carbs per serving: 13 grams

Protein per serving: 2.5 grams

Fiber per serving: 2 grams

Sugar per serving: 9 grams

Espresso Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 8 pitted Medjool dates, softened
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder (can sub 2 T. coconut flour)
  • 3 T. raw cacao powder (can sub regular cocoa powder)
  • 1 t. instant espresso dissolved in 1 T. hot water
  • 2 T. almond milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 T. dried unsweetened coconut, to roll in (optional)

Instructions

  • Place oats and walnuts in a food processor, and blend until fine crumbs form. Add softened dates and pulse again until mixture holds together. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until a dough forms around the blade.
  • Roll into 15 1-inch balls, then roll in coconut, if desired. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
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Espresso Energy Balls

Comments

    • says

      Hi Renee, try substituting a smaller amount of coconut flour for the oats… start with 2 T. & work your way up one tablespoon at a time until the dough sticks together. Let me know how they turn out! 🙂

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