I think this might be the last energy ball recipe I try! This is the 4th on I have made to see which one I like best! I prefer the first one that I made… All of these little balls are a great snack, if someone wants something sweet without any added sugar. Check out this recipe for energy balls #4 & let me know which recipe you prefer…if you haven’t tried any of the others I will include a link to them all below.
This recipe is also from Deliciously Ella ( the Sesame Vanilla Energy Balls were from this site) Dates, oats, peanut butter & peanuts. I checked the calories & the roasted peanuts added so many! The calorie count for 1 cup of dry roasted peanuts is 854! Certainly gets me thinking about grabbing a few handfuls of roasted peanuts! I did a very unscientific & I am sure not accurate estimation of the calorie count of these energy balls by calculating the calories in the amount of dates, oats,peanut butter & peanuts that go into this recipe. Then I divided that number by 25, this recipe made 25 balls, 2 tbsp of mix per ball & came up with approximately 100 calories for each ball. That’s not too bad, but it is the peanuts that upped the count … there is no added sugar & I used natural peanut butter. The original recipe gives the amount for the ingredients by weight, I have weighed them out & measured them in cups so I am putting that here. I have not figured out the calories counts of the other 2 types of energy balls that I have made so far. If you are interested let me know & I can do the same thing for each of them..but remember, this is no way an accurate thing! This recipe called for coconut oil, which I don’t have so I added the amount called for in the recipe with more natural peanut butter
Here is the link to the recipe on Deliciously Ella
Here is the recipe without the coconut oil that the original recipe called for. But that is the only change I have made…this recipe is not mine
Peanut Energy Balls
3 cups pitted dates
1 cup quick oats
1 cup roasted peanuts
4 tbsp natural peanut butter
1. Cut the dates in half to ensure that there are no pits left
2. Put the prepared dates, oats, peanuts & peanut butter into a food processor & process until finely minced. Mine mixture did not form into a pasty ball, but when I tried to form a ball with the mixture it held together so I knew it was processed enough
3.Take the blade out of the food processor so you don’t cut your fingers!
4.Form the mixture into balls any size you like. I use 2 tbsp of mixture to form my balls & i got 25 ball
5. Put the balls into the fridge to firm up, bit I ate a couple of right away!
6 .The original recipe from Deliciously Ella says they last a few weeks in the fridge or freeze them to keep longer
Here is #2 in my trying different energy balls!
Jacki told me about this recipe, there are 2 more from this website that I will try..the website is Deliciously Ella. The only change I made from the original recipe is that I did not have vanilla powder so I used liquid vanilla. The ingredients are given by weight in the original recipe. I weighed & measured all the ingredients so I am going to give you the ingredients by cups instead of weight. But this is in no way my recipe. All credit goes to DeliciouslyElla & I thank her because I really liked this. They are nut free so can go to school with kids if they have to only bring nut free snacks!!
Here is the link to the recipe
Sesame Vanilla Energy Balls
3 1/2 cups pitted dates
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds *** a heaping 1/3 cup!
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
1 cup quick oats
2 tsp vanilla
4 tsp tahini
1/4 cup of sesame seeds ***the original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sesame seeds but I had 1/4 cup left over so start with 1/4 cup & add more if you need These are to coat the balls
Method ( my method()
- Cut the dates in half, I use kitchen scissors, by cutting pitted dates in half before using them you ensure that there are no pits in them! I did not always do this but one time there was a pit that got crushed up in the food processor & I had to throw the whole thing out. I think it was for some date squares years ago….
- Put all of the ingredients into a food processor & process until finely mixed. Mine did not form into a ball around the food processor blade but when I tried to stick it together I could form it into a ball so that was ok. If your mixture does not form a ball when you gather it in your hand, add some more dates. The recipe I gave here has some extra dates added, so the original recipe is different
- Take the balde out of your food processor so you do not cut you fingers!!!
- Form the mixture into same size balls…I got 24 using approx 2 tbsp of mixture.
- Put the sesame seeds into a dish.
- Roll the balls in the sesame seeds Teh sesame seed didnt stick to the mixtue very wasily so just press them in. I put some sesame seeds in the palm of my hand & preddes them
- I froze some since I didnt want to eat all 24 in a few days…