You know when you hit that point every afternoon when you desperately need an energy boost via coffee or snack? I get this at least twice and my go-to has been to make myself my third coffee of the day and grab a quick carb-heavy snack like a bagel or a tomato sandwich or let’s face it something unhealthy like a vegan cookie or pastry from the bakery down the street. I am really trying my best this year to get myself back on track and these are one step in that direction. This is the you-want-it-to-be-healthy-but-you-also-want-it-to-be-yummy snack! There are many, many names for these, and they are all over the pinterest, youtube, blogosphere and that’s because they’re quick and easy and healthy! They are energy balls, energy bite, power balls and protein balls and they are new energy-boosting saviours.
Yes, they have many names, and I did not come up with this concept, but I am obsessed with the idea. Now, usually I cringe at these “It’s so healthy” food trends. But this one I can get on board with. Mainly because the store-bought, pre-made equivalent is wildly over-priced and full of unnecessary preservatives, and they’re stupid easy to make at home. Literally all you have to do is pick ingredients you like; for these I chose raw cashews, dried blueberries, quick cooking oats, dates, cacao (cuz chocolate, duh), vanilla extract and salt. And then put them in a food processor and blend them until you’ve got a sticky dough. Then just roll them into balls and keep them in your fridge for when you’re feeling peckish. I like these as a quick breakfast, a midnight snack, a post workout treat, and even for travelling. I just pop them into my purse or bag and then viola! A quick, easy, vegan snack on the go! Plus they taste like candy- and I really like candy.
- In a food processor combine cashews, oats, blueberries, dates, cacao powder, vanilla and salt until mixture is sticky.
- Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 30 mins.
- Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop mixture into your hand and roll into a ball and place on a lined baking sheet or plate. Repeat with remaining mixture.
- Cover and refrigerate balls for another 30 mins and then place in a sealed container to refrigerate for up to one week or in the freeze for up to 1 month.