Loaded with wholesome goodness from rolled oats, hemp hearts, flax powder, and chia seeds, these energy bites are guilt free! I use creamy tahini to keep these nut free, the dates and a touch of honey add the sweetness. They are tasty, kid approved and provide long lasting energy as well as healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. They are a great pre or post work out snack or perfect for an afternoon energy boost.
These energy balls were created while I was trying to come up with a new snack idea for Mattias. I needed something that was nut free for school and would hold up in his lunch box over a few hours. I use carob chips in these bites so they are Lucas friendly as well. Carob is a an alternative for people that need to avoid chocolate, high histamine foods, or caffeine in their diet. Carob also contains fibre, calcium, and a small amount of iron. Lucas helped roll them up and even ate one claiming they were yummy! But like usual he refuses to try them again. Mattias loves them and has had them in his lunchbox all week. I enjoy snacking on one or two straight from the freezer in the afternoon. Try them out, you’ll be glad you did. They are delicious!
Notes: Omit the cacao powder for those sensitive to chocolate or if you want to enjoy these in the evening without worrying about caffeine keeping you awake. If you don’t have tahini on hand and don’t need it to be nut free, use peanut butter or almond butter instead. No carob chips? Use dark chocolate chips instead or leave out.
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- ½ cup Hemp Hearts
- ½ cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 2 tbsp Flax Powder
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 tbsp Cacao Powder
- ½ tsp Sea Salt
- ¼ cup Dates, pitted
- 2 tbsp Tahini (sesame seed butter)
- 2 tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- ¼ cup Raisins or other dried Fruit
- ¼ cup Carob Chips
- If dates are hard, soften by soaking in small bowl of warm water for 5 minutes. Drain water and they are ready to use.
- Place rolled oats, hemp hearts, coconut, flax powder, chia seeds, cacao powder, and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse several times until oats and coconut are roughly chopped.
- Add dates, tahini, honey and vanilla, continuing to pulse until the mixture comes together.
- Add raisins and carob chips, pulse a few times to incorporate.
- Pinch a bit and roll in your hands to see if it sticks together. If not pulse a few more times. Or add a tsp of water. If mixture is too sticky add more oats and pulse again.
- Use a ½ tablespoon to scoop mixture and roll into small balls with your hands. Use 1 tablespoon for large size balls. Wet hands slightly to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands.
- It makes about 40 balls when using a ½ tablespoon, and 20 if using 1 tablespoon each. It might be slightly less if you’ve been tasting the balls as you roll 😉
- Place on cookie sheet and place in freezer for about 10 minutes. Then move to a sealable container and store in the fridge or freezer.
- Eat two for a mid morning or afternoon snack. These are also a great pre/post workout snack.