Almond Joy Energy Balls {no-bake, vegan and gluten-free}

Almond Joy Energy Balls {vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free}

Have you tried this almond butter? Holy cannoli, it blows my mind. Justin knows it’s good too because he charges a million dollars per jar. Yet still, I can’t.stop.buying.it. It’s seriously that addicting.

In fact, it’s so addicting that I can’t eat it without cleaning every last almond buttery smudge off the knife with my tongue. Then, if I’m feeling lucky that day, I’ll even dip it back in the jar so that I’m forced to clean it off again.

I know…but it’s not gross because it’s all mine!! Mwuahaha!

Almond Joy Energy Balls {vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free}

That’s how I claim the goods, you see?

Naturally, I thought using that almond butter for energy balls would be a brilliant idea. Because who cares about saving money? I don’t have a wedding on the books or anything.

Of course, you can always use a more affordable almond butter or even make your own if you’re feeling frisky, but that would take away from the ease factor of these which is always nice to have. One bowl, ten minutes, and a little time in the refrigerator is all that’s required for energy ball bliss.

Energy Balls

I made several batches of these until I got the flavor just right. In the end, I settled on using a few tablespoons of maple syrup along with a sprinkle of sea salt for that perfect sweet and salty balance.

They’re almost good enough to eat for dessert but they’re made with healthy ingredients like rolled oats, flax seed and hemp seeds {a great protein source for vegans and vegetarians} to give you all the natural energy you need to get through a tough workout or a long hike.

Almond Joy Energy Balls {vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free}

The almond butter gives them a slightly creamy texture but they still have a little crunch from the brown rice cereal. Of course, the mini chocolate chips offer a nice little surprise for your taste buds too.

I personally prefer to save them for an afternoon snack before one of my favorite fitness classes but I may have snuck a few for dessert here and there. There’s no shame.

Almond Joy Energy Balls {vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free}

Almond Joy Energy Balls {no-bake, vegan and gluten-free}

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 22

Almond Joy Energy Balls {no-bake, vegan and gluten-free}

Ingredients

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup brown rice cereal (I used chocolate flavored)

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand is vegan)

2 tablespoons maple syrup (could also use honey if you’re not vegan)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1/2 cup almond butter

1/4 cup ground flax seed + 3 tablespoons water

1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Mix the ground flax seed and water together in a small measuring cup and set aside to thicken.
  2. Combine shredded coconut and coconut oil in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix together.
  4. Using a small scooper or a large spoon, scoop out 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a ball, continuing until all of the mixture is rolled into balls.
  5. Place the balls on a large plate lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature for up to one week.
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Nutrition Facts for One Energy Ball

Almond Joy Energy Balls

Almond Joy Energy Balls {vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free}

Do you have a go-to energy ball recipe?