These Vanilla Almond Balls are a perfect snack for those mid-day cravings. Although they're delicious, they contain no added sugar - only dates - so they're much healthier than most store-bought energy bars!
Easy Energy Balls
A few years ago I would grab one of those commercial energy bars every day as a meal replacement or snack when I had nothing else around. I didn't stop to look at the ingredient list or sugar content in these bars as I figured they were a "healthy" food.
Once I started really getting into nutrition, I noticed how sugar-laden many of the bars were... so I set off to make a healthier version of my own.
Every Sunday I now make a batch of protein/energy balls for the week (like my Cookie Dough Protein Balls or my Chocolate Cherry Protein Balls. I like to have them on hand at work for a mid-day snack when I need some extra energy or as a little treat after dinner.
Vanilla Almond Balls
I choose my ball ingredients depending on how I'm feeling for a week. I decided to use dates as a base for more energy this week because I want to focus more on running after work. Most times I use whatever nuts or seeds I have on hand. And because I've already shared my Cookie Dough Protein Balls, I thought you might like another flavor combo so I made vanilla almond balls.
Nutrition-wise these little guys contain protein from the almonds and almond butter, fiber from the oats, and lots of energy from the dates - so you're all set. And since there's no added sugar, only fructose from the dates, you won't get the same blood sugar spike as you would with some of those processed bars.
This batch of vanilla almond balls will make about 10 balls. Feel free to double the recipe if you need more!
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Vanilla Almond Balls
- ¾ cup pitted dates
- 4 Tablespoons almond butter
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
- 2 Tablespoons crushed slivered almonds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Soak dates in very hot water for about 10 mins - reserve some of the liquid.
- Put the dates into a food processor and process until chopped and semi smooth.
- Add the date mixture and the rest of the ingredients to a bowl and mix together.
- Roll into about 1-inch balls.
- Place in freezer to set for about 10 minutes then store in the fridge for 7 days.
PLEASE NOTE: Nutritional information data is computer generated and only an estimate so it should be used only as a guide.
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Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist who empowers vegans to feel confident in creating sustainable habits that align with their values and health goals. She shares easy gluten-free plant-powered food to nourish your body + satisfy your tastebuds. Mary Ellen's recipes and nutrition info have been featured on Yahoo News, Parade, VegNews, LIVESTRONG, Dr. Axe, Greatist, LIVEKINDLY, Brit+Co, Well+Good, and more.