Power up with these Date Almond Coconut Protein Balls. They taste like an indulgent candy bar but are packed with healthy, energy boosting ingredients instead of empty calories.
Leftover Halloween candy might be inevitable. However, if you do yourself a solid and regularly mix up a batch of energy balls, you might just find yourself grabbing a ball instead of reaching into the candy jar. My Basic Energy Balls are a great place to start. But I've got all kinds of satisfying easy energy bites on my site. Try these Blueberry Almond Energy Balls, Cashew Date Chocolate Sesame Energy Balls, Prune Almond Energy Balls and many more!
Every year I buy too much Halloween candy. No trick or treaters stop by until 9 pm. It's usually a handful of teenagers who are taller than me, wearing Superman tee shirts holding out king-sized pillowcases to fill with fistfuls of candy. I always give them the bulk of the haul. But save a bit with the hope that adorable pint-sized pumpkins and itty bitty Batmen show up. They never do. Do kids even Trick or Treat anymore?
Now we are left with a bucket of unwanted candy and nowhere to put it. We pick at it, casually eating up the good stuff over the course of days/weeks until the sight of candy makes our tummies turn. I finally break down and send it packing to the lost land where unwanted Halloween candy goes to die, my husband's office.
If you love Almond Joy, you will go nuts over this healthy alternative
This year, to help wean you off the Halloween candy haunting your house, I've come up with much healthier alternative. These Date Almond Coconut Protein Balls taste like an indulgent candy bar, but they are far from it. In the best way possible.
Date Almond Coconut Protein Balls are full of nutritious ingredients
Sticky and naturally sweet, medjool dates are the brilliant base that binds these energy bites together. Antioxidants run rampant in these bronzed jewels. Dates are stuffed with vitamins and minerals, making them a fine friend to bone health. And dates have a low glycemic index. Meaning natural sweetness with no blood sugar spikes.
The naturally sticky nature of dates is an ideal binder for these Date Energy Balls. Once the dates are blended, all of the other ingredients rally around that smooth and dreamy base.
The simplicity of raw almonds makes them a versatile ingredient that adds texture and flavor dimension to a basic energy ball or satisfyingly crunchy granola bar. In these powerful bites, almonds are coarsely ground in a food processor. Giving each bite a gently, nutty crunch. A bit of almond extract is added to the mix to enhance the almond flavor and mimic that Almond Joy essence.
Almonds bring big plant protein points alongside some of those good unsaturated fats. These fiber rich nuts have a healthy amount of nutrients for happy, healthy body fuel.
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A powerful punch of Bob's Red Mill Protein Powder gets mixed into the Date Almond Coconut Protein Balls making them extra hearty and sustaining. I prefer the Bob's Red Mill protein powders as they are filled with protein, fiber and probiotics!
There are lots of protein powder options out there in the world. I say find one that works for you and incorporate it into your energy bites.
A bit of unsweetened cocoa powder blends right in with the medjool dates adding warm cocoa notes to the sticky sweet base. Plus, quality cocoa powders contain antioxidants and nutrients.
Texture baby! Unsweetened coconut is a superb source of fiber with a kiss of natural sweetness. The coconut combined with the warm cocoa, sweet dates and crunchy almonds gives these Date Almond Coconut Protein Balls instant Almond Joy energy. Coconut really ties the room together here.
Flaxseeds may be small but they pack a punch of nutrient density. These tiny seeds are full of protein, they contain essential fatty acids and flaxseeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber.
A bit of salt always seems to round out a recipe. Just a pinch helps the other flavors in these Date Energy Bites shine.
All of those energizing ingredients work together to get you up and moving. I personally think they are the best energy balls I've made to date! Just one Date Almond Coconut Protein Ball and you'll have all the power you need to get your butt to the gym and melt away all of those fun-sized candy bars.
Energy balls take very little energy to prepare but the return on investment is substantial
With just 8 simple ingredients and about 8 minutes of work (ok maybe 15), you wind up with 2 dozen energy enhancing opportunities. Those are great odds. It's hard to argue with a healthy treat that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. These Date Almond Coconut Protein Balls are always worth the investment.