First, there was Coconut Cashew Energy Balls, then there was the Ultimate Energy Seed Truffles in the #NScookbook, and now I bring you Coconut Energy Balls 2.0! Low sugar bites full of healthy fats, fiber, and protein that’ll keep your blood sugars happy (i.e. stable).
So many clients come to me with intense sugar cravings and after assessing their diet, it’s not surprising to see sugar-heavy snacks and meals! Added sugar is in almost every packaged item we pick up and it’s even easy to load up on the “good stuff”, i.e. sugar from fruit. Today, I want to share with you a literally no added sugar snack you can keep on hand whenever hunger strikes and to stop your sugar cravings in their track.
These are different from other energy balls I’ve shared on the NS Blog because I don’t use a touch of maple syrup nor dates. These are mostly made of nuts, seeds, coconut oil, nut butter, and a couple NS Optimizer Options! I wanted to give you an option (highly requested) that’s no sugar added and full of healthy fats, protein, fiber, and it’s:
A simple snack to make ahead of time
Can give you a boost of energy
Make it in 10 minutes on the weekend
Versatile. Don’t have almond butter, use peanut butter etc.!
(nutrition) stripped and how this can give you a boost of energy and crush those sugar cravings:
- Healthy fats from the coconut oil (need a primer on why I like using coconut oil? Read here and here), pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, and coconut shreds. Eating fat helps you curb your hunger because it takes longer to digest and it makes food taste delicious! Don’t fear the fat, here’s why.
- Protein from the Optimizer Option below, but also from all the nuts and seeds! Protein and healthy fat is my favorite combo for keeping hunger at bay and energy high – great for avoiding those mid-afternoon slumps.
- Minerals such as magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, selenium, calcium, and iron from the variety of nuts, seeds, and cacao nibs. We need minerals from general cell health, thyroid and metabolism health, and for optimal functioning; the Standard American Diet typically lacks minerals and these are a great quick way to squeeze some in your diet!
- Optimizer Option: boost the protein by adding a protein powder of your choice, 1 scoop (about 2 tablespoons), into the recipe. I experimented using collagen peptides for the sake of neutral flavor, but I preferred the Tone it Up protein when I tested it again for flavor and I prefer plant-based proteins. Use whichever protein you enjoy, here’s a guide on protein powders.
I love making these on the weekend to have a healthy snack on the go for the week ahead. I’ll keep some in the fridge at work, some at home, and enjoy them for a quick treat. Luna tries to get em’, but they’re for humans haha!
If you try this recipe, I wanna hear about it, so let’s chat! Leave a comment it, rate it (this helps me improve future recipes), and don’t forget to tag a picture #nutritionstripped to show how you live and try these recipes on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with. Now off to make a batch of these to bring to the office next week!
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
- ½ cup walnuts
- ¼ cup pepitas
- ½ cup cashews
- ¼ cup almonds
- 2 tablespoon cacao nibs
- Pinch of sea salt
- Pinch of ground cinnamon (optional to also add ground cardamom)
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 3 drops of stevia extract, to taste (optional)
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ cup melted (or warm) coconut butter
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup tahini
- Using a food processor or a high-speed blender, first pulse all the nuts and seeds to a fine flour consistency.
- Next add in the almond milk, melted coconut oil, coconut butter, stevia, and tahini. Pulse to combine until the mixture resembles dough when you squeeze in between your fingers.
- Place the mixture in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes to harden the mixture just a bit before rolling with your hands. Coconut oil is the binder in the recipe and when chilled, it solidifies, so the heat from your hand may start to soften the mixture.
- Use your hands to roll the dough into small bite-size balls, place them on a plate or sheet to put in the refrigerator. Repeat until all the dough has been rolled into balls.
- Immediately chill the coconut energy balls in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks in a glass container.
- Ideally, let thaw for 5 minutes before enjoying.