Sometimes you just need a little snack packed away for an energy boost. These almond energy balls are great for when you just need that little pick-me-up.
Perhaps for that mid-afternoon energy slump? Or for the mad dash to the gym after work when you don't have time to have a proper meal.
Life gets in the way from time to time. We can start out with the best of intentions - food prepped, workout routine sorted, bags packed. But then days come along where you're forever chasing your tail, wondering how it ended up to be 4pm and you suddenly realise you're hungry because you haven't eaten since late-morning!
I'm not sure when or how it happened, but over the last few years the fitness world exploded with energy balls! There's all sorts of recipes out there with a whole host of different ingredients and twists.
This one's my version. These almond energy balls are super quick and easy to make. Additionally, there's only 5 ingredients and less than 10 minutes work. I say 'work', but really nothing about this recipe is difficult.
Personally I love both almonds and coconut, and the light combination and texture in these energy balls works well for me. If you don't like coconut though, have a look at the variations below and see if those might take your fancy instead.
Ground almonds might also be labelled in your supermarket as almond flour, almond powder or almond meal. They're all essentially the same thing - the texture or coarseness of the grains may differ slightly.
Almond Energy Balls Ingredients
1 cup (120g) ground almonds
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
Makes 6 balls
Almond & Coconut Energy Balls Macros
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The lemon juice serves to cut down on the sweetness. If you prefer you can leave it out although you may need to had a sprinkle (half teaspoon) of water to bind the balls together.
Either for flavour preference, or to make the recipe vegan friendly you could use another type of sweetener instead of honey. Maple syrup if you enjoy that richer flavour; agave nectar or even coconut nectar or brown rice syrup if you have them available.
Instead of the desiccated coconut, you can coat the ball in poppy seeds instead. Better still - double the batch, roll 6 in coconut and 6 in poppy seeds then arrange in a checkerboard pattern. Instagram worthy AND delicious!
Be sure to leave me a comment below letting me know how you got on with the almond energy balls. Remember, if you want a printable PDF version, just click the orange button above or click here.
Additionally, if you're keen on tracking your macros - the PDF has MyFitnessPal barcode for easy logging and tracking.