Ideal for on-the-go breakfasts or between meal snacks, these tasty little no-bake energy bites pack a nutritious punch of protein, potassium, and other nutrients. If you don’t have protein powder for this recipe, you can just leave it out. If the texture is too moist, add a bit more oats or walnuts to the mixture.
Power Ball Energy Bites
- 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
- 2 tablespoons vegan protein powder (I use Sun Warrior vanilla)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- 1 cup shredded toasted coconut, ground
In a food processor, combine oats, walnuts, protein powder, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. Pulse until well mixed. Add the banana, almond butter, and maple syrup. Pulse until combined. Add the cranberries and flaxseeds, and pulse until combined.
Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls. If the balls are too soft, refrigerate or freeze them for an hour. Roll the balls in the ground coconut.
Transfer to a platter and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.
From The Nut Butter Cookbook by Robin Robertson. ©2014 Robin Robertson. Used by permission from Andrews McMeel Publishing. Photo by Zsu Dever.