Coconut Oat Energy Balls

I think I have a love for anything with coconut or oats in it. I also love having energy balls in the freezer for when I want a quick snack to give me some energy but don’t want anything too big or loaded with too much sugar.

I wanted an energy ball recipe to make with a group of girls and I needed one that didn’t require us to use a food processor. I came across these no bake energy balls from www.eatingbirdfood.com they all tasted great and were so easy to make. Check out Brittany’s website for more great recipes. I changed up the ingredients to suit my tastes and my love of coconut and this is what I came up with.

Coconut is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, maybe that’s why I love it so much! Coconut contains mostly saturated fats and our body needs this type of fat; it works to enhance our immune system and protect our liver from toxins (Axe). Coconut is good for reducing inflammation and boosting our energy levels. It also helps increase the nutrient absorption of the fat soluble vitamins in our digestive system. It makes a great ingredient for energy balls when you need a quick snack or pick me up.

The nut butter I use is from Costco and has cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, chia seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. It’s an awesome combination of roasted nuts and seeds that makes any recipe that calls for nut butter taste amazing.

These energy balls are so quick and easy to make and they are easily adapted if you prefer to change up one of the ingredients. There is a good ratio of macronutrients that will quickly satisfy your hunger but not spike your blood sugar leaving you crashing an hour later. Enjoy!

-Nicole


Coconut Oat Energy Balls

Prep Time: 10 min

Yield: 24 Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 scoop vanilla collagen protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mixed nut butter (or any nut butter of choice)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine oats, coconut, chocolate chips and protein powder until mixed well.
  2. Add honey and nut butter to the bowl and mix until well combined. Use your hands if necessary.
  3. Use a cookie scoop or your hands to form balls and set them on a lined cookie sheet.
  4. Cool in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  5. Enjoy now or store in the fridge or freezer.

This recipe was adapted from Almond Joy No Bake Energy Balls at

www.eatingbirdfood.com/easy-no-bake-protein-balls


References

Dr. Axe (2019). 20 Coconut Oil Benefits for Your Brain, Heart, Joints + More!, https://draxe.com/nutrition/coconut-oil-benefits/


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