Wouldn’t it be nice to have a convenient snack to reach for that can provide nutritious energy to fuel your day? This power ball recipe made with macadamia nuts as the star ingredient is exactly that.
No-bake energy bites are simple to prepare to your own taste and are the perfect post-workout snack. It’s also called an energy ball recipe for a reason—these tasty and healthy treats make the perfect pick-me-up when you’re feeling tired.
You’ll never need store-bought energy bars or granola again once you see how easy it is to make your very own energy bites.
Make a Week’s Worth of Snacks (or Breakfast!) in 15 Minutes
No-bake energy bites are so quick and easy to make that you can prepare enough to last you a full week in as little as 15 minutes. This is a great way to have healthy snacks ready for large families who need something easy to grab on the go.
Have you ever added up what buying packaged snacks is costing you on a weekly basis? To buy already prepared power balls can cost you between $10 - $40 for just 6 servings, not to mention all the unnecessary packaging.
By using this energy ball recipe, not only will you save money, but you’ll also benefit from fresher, more wholesome snacks free from preservatives and other unwanted ingredients. Plus, it is a great low-sugar dessert alternative for when you crave something sweet after dinner.
I Don’t Have Flaxseed Meal, What Do I Do?
Flaxseed meal plays an important part in making this energy ball recipe so great. This highly nutritious seed helps to thicken the mixture thanks to its ability to bind and absorb moisture. Plus, it has great benefits for your health, including stimulating digestion, relieving constipation, and may even play a role in lowering blood cholesterol levels.
If you’re not able to find flaxseed meal, there are other easy-to-get seeds that you can substitute. Chia seeds are very easy to find in most grocery stores and can be ground up and used in the same way. Ground hemp seeds also make a good substitute for flaxseed meal.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Substitutions for This Energy Bite Recipe
As always, we’ve got you covered with ways to substitute some ingredients in this power ball recipe to tailor it for gluten-free and vegan dietary needs. If you’re not able to find oats that are certified gluten-free, you can use buckwheat groats instead, which add a nice, earthy, nutty flavor.
For vegans, instead of using our chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, opt instead for our unsalted mac nuts and add in some vegan chocolate for a bit of sweetness. If you prefer not to use honey, maple syrup is a great alternative that helps stick your energy bites together and provides a nice flavor.
See? That wasn’t so hard! Happy baking, from all of us at Island Harvest Hawaii.
Coconut Covered Energy Bites With a Surprise! (Spoiler: It's a Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nut)
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Pulse the oats in a food processor. This breaks down your whole oats into a texture that you will appreciate more, when it's time to bite into your energy bite!
Chop the unsalted macadamias. You maybe tempted to pulse or process the macadamias since you just did that for your oats. However, if you pulse your macadamias they'll come out super fine, like a dust, which we don't think you'll like. Fortunately macadamia nuts are much easier to chop than you may think, thanks to their soft, buttery texture.
Combine, in a bowl, almost all your ingredients (vanilla extract, unsalted macadamia nuts, oats, honey, goji berries, and flaxseed meal), i.e. all except for your chocolate covered macadamia nuts and shredded coconut.
Refrigerate the mixture for 10 mins to help firm up before making the bites.
Cup one hand and use the other hand to pinch and bring the mixture into the other. Once you've put enough to fill half your palm, slip in one of our dark chocolate covered macadamias and begin covering it until you can't see it anymore.
Finally, roll your energy bits in shredded coconut. And voila, you're done!
Lastly, take a photo or video and tag @islandharvesthawaii on Instagram and other socials. It means the world to us to see the macadamia nuts we grew being enjoyed out in the world!
If you accidentally skipped refrigeration and need an emergency ingredient to help firm up your mixture, you can indeed use some flour, but only on your hands (not in the mixture itself).