Our family makes energy balls as a healthy snack on a regular basis. I usually whip up a basic recipe and even if its a double batch, it doesn’t last long because these little things are like tiny morsels of snack heaven. Since variety is the spice of life I mix it up sometimes with a new combo. My husband loves pecans and because I generally cater to our children when it comes to snack making, I decided to make up a batch that was especially for him. Unfortunately for daddy, all of our kids like his cinnamon pecan energy balls 😉 Mom tried. See how fast yours disappear and make some of your own with our recipe below.
Making energy balls for an easy, healthy snack + more.
Energy balls are an easy snack to make because all I have to do is dump the ingredients in a bowl, mix, and shape them into balls. No baking, no dirtying a sink full of dishes, and no complaining when my kids come home from school and are starving.
Aside from snack time these healthy little balls make a great appetizer, game day snack, or cute little dessert. I also love to put a couple in my kids’ school lunches, and they are always grateful when I do.
How to Make Cinnamon Pecan Energy Balls
Step 1: Gather your ingredients.
With eight simple ingredients its easy to grab everything you need. I try to buy as much as I can organic. The almond butter should be natural, the honey should be raw, and the maple syrup should be 100% pure. See below for the full list.
Step 2: Measure and dump.
Measure out all of your ingredients and add them to a large mixing bowl. When scooping out the almond butter be sure to stir it first because natural almond butter tends to separate. If you buy whole pecans you will have to crush them into pieces first. I wrapped mine in a paper towel and then placed them in a ziplock bag. I took my meat pounder and gently broke them up into pieces. Like this:
Step #3: Mix.
I begin mixing the ingredients with a spoon, but after getting everything slightly combined I prefer to mix with my hands. When your mixture is crumbly and a little sticky you are ready for the next step.
Step #4: Shape.
Continue using your hands to shape the mixture into balls. It should stick easily. If it is too crumbly you can add a little more almond butter. This recipe size should make 15-20 balls depending on how large or small you shape them. I make 1″-1 1/4″ size balls.
Now how easy was that because you are already done and your energy balls are ready to enjoy.
Cinnamon Pecan Energy Balls
Prep time: 2 minutes
Make time: 10 minutes
Yield: 15-20 balls
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup organic natural almond butter
- 1/8 cup organic raw honey
- 1/8 cup organic 100% pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup roasted or glazed pecans (slightly crushed)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Tbsp organic chia seeds
Add all of your ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Mix with a spoon until part way combined, then use your hands mix until you get a sticky and crumbly consistency.
Continue to use your hands and shape the mixture into 1″-1 1/4″ balls. That’s it! Now enjoy the bite size goodness. You can store them in the refrigerator if they don’t get eaten first.