Basic Recipe for Energy Balls
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Basic Recipe for Energy Balls + Ideas for What to Add In

It’s one of the best loved healthy snacks that we make in our household. In fact, whenever I make a batch it barely makes it to the fridge before they are all consumed. The best thing about this basic recipe for energy balls is that there are so many options for ingredients that you can add in to make a variety of flavors. Get the recipe and all the ideas below, and I suggest you make a double batch! And don’t forget to grab our freebie, the Healthy Substitutions Guide.

Basic Recipe for Energy Balls

Keeping Your Energy Balls Healthy

Energy balls pack a healthy punch to your diet by using ingredients that contain protein, healthy fats, natural sweeteners, and are nutrient rich.

However, everything must be in moderation and portion control is still key in order to avoid over-eating and over-snacking. That being said, these are a great choice for when you do need something to satisfy your hunger.

Related posts: Chocolate Raspberry Energy Balls, Cinnamon Pecan Energy Balls

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Healthy Additions to Your Recipe for Energy Balls

Dried Fruit

Dried fruit will help to naturally sweeten your energy balls and also bring your body elements such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Here are some choices of dried fruits you can add to your basic recipe for energy balls:

  • raisins
  • cranberries
  • blueberries
  • cherries
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • prunes
  • dates
  • apricots
  • Freeze dried berries


Nuts are loaded with healthy stuff. Add one of these 5 healthy nuts choices:

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pecans
  • Peanuts


Seeds are another added ingredient that contain vitamins, minerals, and healthy antioxidants. Here are a few ideas:

  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds (ground or whole)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Poppy seeds

More Extras

Take your energy balls to another level with one of these extras:

  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Yogurt chips
  • Coconut flakes
  • Protein powder + tbsp coconut oil
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon

How to Make the Basic Recipe

Step #1: Gather your ingredients.

Basic recipe ingredients

This basic recipe for energy balls really only requires three ingredients: quick oats, natural nut butter, and raw honey. Our two favorite add-ins are the Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels and chia seeds which are also pictured above.

Step #2: Combined ingredients.

Basic recipe: combining the ingredients

Measure out and add all of the basic ingredients, plus whatever additional ingredients you have chosen to include.

Basic Recipe for Energy Balls: mixing

Mix the ingredients well. I like to start with a spoon but the best way to get it all combined is by mixing with clean hands.

Step #3: Form the balls.

Energy ball forming

Grab a small amount of your energy ball mix. Squeeze it together by hand and roll it to shape into ball form. Mine are usually slightly smaller than a ping pong ball but you can choose how big or small you want them. Continue shaping until all the mix has be used

Step #4: Eat, store, refrigerate.

Basic Recipe for Energy Balls

The energy balls can be enjoyed right away or you can store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator for later.

Basic Energy Balls

Prep Time10 minutes
Servings: 12 balls


  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup natural nut butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)


  • Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combined well.
  • Form the mixture into round shapes slightly smaller than a ping pong ball.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate in an air tight container for later.
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10 thoughts on “Basic Recipe for Energy Balls + Ideas for What to Add In”

  1. I love making these! Great ideas on all the different variations. Iā€™m going to try some with dried fruit for extra health benefits.

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