Epic Energy Blasts for Keep You Fueled & Fit (Energy Balls Snack Recipe)
My Energy Blasts recipe was originally published April 1, 2016. Since that time this recipe has been featured in several media outlets, including Shape and Men’s Fitness. Given the popularity of this recipe (it’s one of the top visited pages on this site!) I decided to give the photos an update.
As a yoga teacher, I am constantly looking to improve my teaching skills in addition to my knowledge of yoga and personal practice. In January 2016 I began the journey towards my 500 hour yoga teacher training certification with Laughing Lotus in NYC. The training involves 50-hour week-long intensives. I still have a few more modules to go – my sights are set on completing training this summer! The days are long and they work us hard, especially when the trainings are focused on the physical practice. At any given break opportunity we are refueling. I always pack an endless supply of snacks whenever attending these long days because breaks are short, but my hunger level is super-high! Making a batch of these Energy Blasts has been a lifesaver in the afternoons when there are still many more hours left in the day and more handstands to be mastered.
Snacking on these Energy Blasts is like filling up your gas tank. They aren’t designed to give you energy right away, but instead create a reserve of energy to use over a period of time. The high protein and healthy fat content of the Energy Blasts take a little longer to digest, which makes them great for days when you’re not sure when you next snack or meal will be. How many times have you stepped in to a 3pm meeting that lasted till after 5pm and emerged ravenous? Pop one or two of these before the meeting and keep your hanger in check.
These Energy Blasts are bursting with nutrition. The walnuts, flax, hemp and chia seeds pack this snack full of omega-3s to help prevent inflammation and heart disease. Fiber found in seeds, coconut, and oatmeal will keep your digestive track in check (not to mention feel fuller longer). Walnuts, nut butter, and even seeds are lean, plant-based sources of protein to keep muscles fueled during physical activity and reduce hunger due to slower digestion. Throw in some dark chocolate with antioxidant properties and this little ball will pack you full of nutrients while keeping hunger to a minimum.
Make a batch of these and enjoy as part of a healthy breakfast (along with some fruit and a glass of milk) or as a mid-day snack when you need to fuel up. Mr E enjoys grabbing one on his way to the gym so he “fuels the machine” before an intense workout. Keep in the fridge, or bring a few to work to have on hand for those unexpected late afternoon meetings. Your belly will thank you!
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- 3/4 C walnuts
- 1/2 C ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 TB dried shredded coconut
- 2 TB hemp seeds
- 2 TB chia seeds
- 1/2 C nut butter
- 2 1/2 C old fashioned oats
- 1 TB coconut oil
- 1/3 C honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate morsels
- In a food processor, grind walnuts to medium/fine grind.
- Add flaxseed and process for 30 seconds.
- Add cinnamon, coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds, nut butter, oats, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract.
- Process for 20 seconds.
- Place mixture in a bowl and add mini dark chocolate morsels. Mix gently with hands to incorporate all ingredients.
- Hand roll into 1-inch balls (about the size of a ping pong ball) and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and place in refrigerator.
- Allow to chill for a minimum of one hour before serving.
- Keep covered in the fridge up to one week.
Recipe inspire by Wildtree.
1 energy blast= 155 calories, 9g fat (0g sat fat), 17g carbs, 3g fiber, 5g protein, 2 mg sodium (Source: SELF Nutrition Data)