Today I want to share with you a delicious, healthy snack recipe of what I like to call “energy balls”. These are my favorite healthy go-to snacks for those afternoons in the office when I feel like something sweet. Or I use them to bribe my kids when they refuse to eat their breakfast. It is packed full of good nutrition.
When you think of snacks, it’s often easy to automatically think of pre-packaged, off the shelf products. While there are some good options to buy, many off the shelf products are high in refined carbohydrates and lack nutrients.
I prefer to choose natural foods or make my own snacks. These energy balls make a yummy, healthy and filling snack option that’s high in protein, fiber and a source of vitamins and minerals – and you know exactly what’s gone into them.
Here’s what’s in them and what nutrients they provide:
If you don’t like dates, don’t be put off this recipe – I promise they don’t at all taste like dates. Dates provide a natural source of sweetness and are also an excellent source of fibre – good for digestion and keeping you feeling full. Dates also contain B vitamins, vitamin C and the minerals selenium, potassium and magnesium.
Whole grain carbohydrates, oats are a great source of slow release energy. They are also high in fiber and a source of selenium, magnesium, and zinc.
Almonds provide healthy fats and protein as well as vitamin E, calcium, riboflavin, and niacin.
A good source of zinc which we need for a healthy immune system. They also provide magnesium and iron and are a source of good fats and protein
The main reason for coconut in this recipe is it adds a nice flavor but it is also a source of some of the B vitamins.
Chocolate lovers listen up – chocolate is a source of beneficial antioxidants and is associated with some health benefits. Yup, it’s true – read more here.
The honey, vanilla and coconut oil add taste and help keep them stuck together.
So enough about what’s in them and here’s how to make them:
Another great recipe for a healthy snack is here: Fruit & Nut protein bar
Sometimes I make a similar recipe with cashews which is equally delicious. What are your favorite snacks that are also healthy? Share them in the comments below!