These fudgy Coconut Energy Balls are loaded with nourishing ingredients and are completely gluten-free and vegan. They make for the perfect snack any time of day and can last for quite a while out of the fridge which means they don’t take up fridge space – which tends to be a common problem for me!
These are velvety, soft, rich and flavoursome. Not just that, but they’re also vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and contain no refined sugar. And no cooking required, result!
Questions about Coconut Energy Balls
How to make Coconut Energy Balls? To make Coconut Energy Balls you will need desiccated coconut, maple syrup, flax egg, turmeric, cardamom, rapeseed oil and protein powder (optional but some coconut flour can be subbed for protein powder if preferred). Add coconut, spices and protein powder to a blender. Blitz on high speed, until the mixture become more wet and paste-like. Add the flax egg, oil and maple syrup and blend until ingredients are well mixed. Remove and shape into balls and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours.
Is coconut healthy? Coconut contains a range of B vitamins, vitamin C, fibre and minerals such as selenium, magnesium and phosphorous. However, it is also energy dense, of which most calories comes from saturated fat.
Coconut Energy Balls Substitutions
If you prefer to have a more neutral or plain flavour, you can substitute the spices for vanilla extract. Alternatively, you can also omit flavourings altogether and just savour the delicate coconut taste which is used as the base ingredient.
Chia seeds can be used instead of the ground flaxseed and do not necessarily have to be made into a powder beforehand.
Coconut sugar or soft brown sugar can be used in place of the maple syrup but add an extra tablespoon of rapeseed oil to prevent the mixture from becoming dry. If you use this instead of maple syrup, add with the dry ingredients to the blender rather than at the end as you would with the maple syrup.
These Coconut Energy Balls are…
Made in the blender
Perfect for snacking
Made with 6-7 ingredients
Recipe for Coconut Energy Balls
Makes 20 balls
Ingredients for energy balls:
- 200g dessicated coconut
- 1 ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 5 tbsp water
- optional: sub 80g coconut with 80g neutral/vanilla protein powder
- Combine dry ingredients and blitz in blender until crumbly paste forms.
- Add the wet ingredients and continue to blend until all ingredients well incorporated.
- Lay a tbsp at a time on a tray lined with greaseproof paper and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours.
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Big Thanks to…
Running on Real Food for their inspiration in helping me to create this recipe. You can find their version here.