Recipe tip: two types of energy balls

A high energy snack

They are small, round and incredibly tasty. We are not talking about leftover Christmas cookies! A current food trend and favourite snack for athletes and conscious eaters are ‘energy balls’. They provide a kick in between meals and stop cravings for sweet treats. The internet is full of these small, tasty treats and they come in all colours and flavours.

The Eurohike team has done some research and found the two best energy balls for you. From paleo to low-carb, there is a suitable snack for every taste!

Healthy Raw Paleo Energy Balls: Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

For these small, round delicacies you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/3 cup of almonds, chopped
  • 1/3 cup of grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed, ground
  • ½ cup of nut butter (almond or peanut)
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped

Method

The good thing about the whole thing? The energy balls are ready in no time. If you are already hungry for something sweet, you don’t have to wait long.

Heat the oats in a pan and add the almonds and grated coconut. Roast on a medium heat until golden brown. The next step is to put it all into a bowl with the nut butter.

Put the bowl into the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds until the butter is liquid.

The cooled oat mixture is mixed with the flaxseed, chia seeds, honey and cranberries. Now stir the mixture well and form balls. If you want, you can roll some of the balls into coconut flakes. Then place in the fridge for two hours.

For your hiking tour, simply put the balls into a container and pop them into your backpack. The perfect snack to power those legs!

By the way: When well packaged the balls can be kept in the fridge for about a week. If you put them in the freezer, they will last up to three months.

Java-mocha Protein Balls: Do you want a caffeine kick?

The ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup ground coffee
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao
  • 2 cups cashew nuts (all other nuts are possible)
  • ¼ cup of flaxseeds
  • ¼ cup of hemp seeds
  • 3 scoops/heaped tablespoons of protein powder (chocolate works well)
  • Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of dates, chopped
  • ½ a cup of water

Method

You will need a blender to make these energy balls. All ingredients, except the water, go straight into the blender. Mix until the ingredients create a smooth texture. Now slowly add the water until the mix is relatively fluffy but firm.

Now place the mixture in the fridge to harden. This will make it easier to roll the balls later.

Begin shaping after 2 hours. And then: just enjoy!

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