These Vegan Energy Balls are fudgy, chewy and super satisfying! They’re really easy to make and require just 3 ingredients!
What are Energy Balls?
Energy Balls are generally made from a mixture of any of the following ingredients: dried fruits, nuts, seeds, nut butter, coconut, oats. The ingredients can easily be adapted depending on your dietary requirements, taste preferences and budget.
I decided to make this recipe as simple as possible by using just 3 ingredients: walnuts, dates and almond butter. I love this combination as the earthy flavour of the slightly bitter walnuts is nicely counteracted by the caramel-like sweetness of the dates and the creamy almond butter.
Why you’ll love these Vegan Energy Balls:
- they’re rich and fudgy
- they’re perfectly chewy
- they’re no-bake
- they’re healthy and nutritious
- they’re a source of protein and fibre
- they’re easily transportable
- they’re filling and satisfying
- they’re easily customisable
- they’re refined sugar free
- they’re date-sweetened
- they’re paleo-friendly
- they’re grain-free
- they’re gluten-free
- they’re nut-free optional
- they take just 15 minutes to make!
How to make these Vegan Energy Balls
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the full recipe.
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor.
- Whizz until smooth but still retaining some texture.
Tip: It needs to be sticky enough to be able to easily mould into balls. However, be careful not to over-blend, as the mixture will become very greasy as the oils will be released from the nuts.
- Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls – you should be able to make 14.
How long do these Vegan Energy Balls keep for?
These Energy Balls keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a good few days.
Substitutions you can make to this recipe:
- you can substitute the walnuts with any other nuts or seeds: almonds, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds etc
- you can substitute the almond butter with peanut butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter or tahini
- you can substitute the dates with raisins, prunes or dried apricots
- for a nut-free version, use sunflower seeds instead of walnuts, and use tahini instead of almond butter
- you can add a pinch of salt for a salty-sweet flavour
- you can add 1 tablespoon of desiccated coconut for coconut flavour
- you can add cocoa powder or matcha powder.
More vegan no-bake desserts:
- Chocolate Pudding Pots
- Chocolate Truffles
- Brownie Bites
- Chocolate Cookies
- Strawberry Trifle
- Key Lime Pie
- Blueberry Cheesecake
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Vegan Energy Balls (Gluten-Free)
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor
- Blend until combined but still retaining some texture – it needs to be sticky enough to be able to easily mould into balls. However, be careful not to over-blend, as the mixture will become very greasy as the oils will be released from the nuts
- Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls – you should be able to make 14
- Keeps in an airtight container in the fridge for a good few days
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