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An easy, no-bake recipe perfect for busy moms! These coconut energy balls come together quickly and are a quick burst of flavor and energy when you need one.
As a mom of two, snacks are a crucial element of keeping us all sane. Unfortunately, store-bought snacks come with a lot of not-so-great ingredients which I find:
- Don’t help keep my girls full
- Are “empty” nutrients
- Are not cost-effective
- Include too much sugar
The reason that I love these coconut energy balls is that they’re loaded with fuel but also a few healthy ingredients.
Chia seeds are a food I believe that all kids should have in their diet. They may be small but they’re mighty. Not only are they a great boost of fats but they help bind a recipe together because they absorb liquid!
Coconut is another one I love throwing into energy balls. It works as both a sweetener and a healthy fat. This means that these energy balls, while the sugar from the dates will give them some energy, the coconut will take longer to digest and thus, my kiddos won’t crash as hard after eating them.
When To Use These Energy Balls
Keep these energy balls on hand because they’re best for busy days! I use these no-bake snacks a lot when we’re out and about either for energy (playing at the park) or to keep kiddos entertained while we’re running around #snackssaveslives haha
The energy balls freeze really well. So, I tend to make up a double batch and keep them on hand when I need them.
This way, they’re easy to grab right out of the freezer and pop into a snack bag as we’re running out the door.
These energy balls are not only simple to make but they’re tasty too. Thanks to the lemon there’s a little burst of lightness when you eat them, and we love them on hot days because they seem so refreshing!
Healthy Coconut Energy Balls
Healthy Coconut Energy Balls
An easy, no-bake recipe for healthy snacks
- 1 cup dates soaked in warm water for 20 mins
- 1 tbsp water from soaked dates
- 1/8 cup shredded coconut
- 1/8 cup shredded coconut for coating
- 1/3 cup oat flour gluten-free if needed
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
In a food processor, blend the dates and the water until mostly smooth (leaving behind some chunks is perfect!)
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, saving 1/8 cup coconut for later.
Mix until everything is combined,
Use your hands to portion and roll the mixture into 8 balls.
Place the remaining coconut onto a plate and roll the balls in it to coat them. You’ll have to press down slightly for the coconut to stick.
Note: if you want to skip this step for time, just add the coconut into the mixture with everything else!
Place the balls in the freezer for one hour to set.
Makes 8 balls.
Whipping up homemade energy balls in bulk means that you’ll never be stuck without snacks. These healthy snack balls are loaded with flavor and fuel. They’re super easy to make and even toddlers love them because they’re a “pop-in-your-mouth” kind of snack.
Keep your kids energized, and you sane! with this simple no-bake recipe.
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