These coconut energy balls are the perfect healthy mid-afternoon treat, or easy light breakfast. They combine oats, almond butter and seeds, but are made without any dates, dried fruit or chocolate. Vegan and gluten-free, if using suitable oats.
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- No dried fruit: these coconut energy balls without dates don't use dried fruit for those who prefer, or have to avoid it.
- Easy recipe: these are a no bake recipe, and just need a little time in the fridge to chill before making the balls.
- Healthy energy balls: a good combination of carbs, protein and healthy fats - and all tastes delicious!
- Oats - helps make the energy balls filling and are so good for you. If you are gluten-free then be sure to use an appropriate brand such as the Bob's Red Mill gluten-free rolled oats.
- Ground flaxseed - helps bind the energy balls together. As a heads up, flax isn't rated on the SIGHI list, for those who are low histamine.
- Almond butter - the main binder and gives a lovely creamy flavour. I'm a big fan of the Pip and Nut almond butter which I buy by the kilo (truly!). See below for alternatives.
- Pumpkin seeds - give a little crunch. Seeds are power houses of protein and vitamins. I like the Terrasoul organic pumpkin seeds.
- Desiccated coconut - I use this in the energy balls themselves, and you can roll them in it too for extra flavour (and they look pretty!).
- Maple syrup - for that truly amazing sweetness that means I have a bottle on every food delivery I get . . .
Almond butter and alternatives
Energy balls need a binder, and without dates I use almond butter for this recipe. However, for my low histamine readers, I want to flag up that almonds score 1 on the SIGHI list, so may not be suitable for everyone. Only try if you are sure you are OK with them.
I haven't tried it myself, but I don't see why you couldn't use pumpkin seed butter instead if you prefer to be nut-free (or have to be). It has the same consistency, although they will of course have a different taste and be a slightly strange green colour!
Step by step instructions
These energy balls are super simple to make, and only require a few steps. Don't you just love the pour everything (well, almost everything!) into a food processor and press blend recipes?!
- The first step is to combine your oats and flax meal in a Nutribullet or food processor. I've tried using both, and they do work, but I would say that using a food processor is easier as you don't have to keep scraping the sides down as often. Blitz the oats and milled flaxseeds for 10 seconds or so.
- Next add in all the ingredients, except for any desiccated coconut you wish to roll the balls in to coat. Blitz again so that it is all combined, and forms a dough-like texture that holds together. If your mixture is too dry then add a touch more almond butter or maple syrup. Too wet (it shouldn't be), then a touch more oats.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl, cover and then chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
- Now the fun bit! Use a cookie scoop or your hands and roll pieces of the 'dough' into your fun and healthy energy balls. This recipe makes around 9 balls. If you want to, then roll in some desiccated coconut as well. Makes them look even prettier!
Recipe tips and notes
- Blend the oats and milled flaxseed to a grainy texture rather than a very fine flour.
- Don't skip the time for the 'dough' to chill in the fridge. This helps it to stick together.
- Rolling in coconut is optional, but adds even more coconut flavour!
More healthy energy balls to enjoy
And there are some tasty tahini honey energy balls in my low histamine sweet treats ebook to try out!
Coconut energy balls
- Food processor
- Pour the oats and flax meal into a food processor and pulse blend until it becomes a grainy texture, but not a fine flour. Then add all the other ingredients, except any coconut used to coat the energy balls. Blend until it forms a thick sticky ball that holds together.
- Add more water if it is too dry, or almond butter if it is not holding together.
- Transfer the 'dough' to a bowl and chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
- Use a cookie scoop or your hands to form around 9 energy balls. If you wish, sprinkle some coconut on a plate and roll the balls to coat.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- This recipe makes fairly sweet energy balls. I haven't tried it myself but if you prefer a less sweet option, then I think that reducing the maple syrup slightly, and adding more almond butter, would work well.
- Blend the oats and milled flaxseed to a grainy texture, rather than a fine powder.
- Don't skip letting the 'dough' chill in the fridge as this helps the mixture stick together.
- almonds (almond butter), which scores 1.
- flaxseed isn't rated on the list.