I've got a guilty pleasure to tell you about.. Energy balls. I mean what's not to love about them? They're sweet, creamy (or crunchy), and give you that little energy BOOST. They keep my energy up on a busy day and I love that. These particular bars are also UNIQUE in flavor... I don't think I've ever seen a raspberry lemon energy bar or ball in the store. The raspberry provides such a nice, sweet flavor and the lemon follows up with a fresh, zesty "let's do this" flavor punch. In sum, these are great.
I first made these protein energy balls in September last year when I presented at the Health and Fitness Alliance's Fitness Conference (see pictures below!). They were a big hit among the 200 fitness professionals in attendance and I'll tell you why. The recipe was originally created by my good friend and nutritionist Courtney Earle of New Leaf Nutrition. Courtney knew all the good stuff to put in them: almonds for healthy fat and protein, oats for healthy, easy to digest carbohydrates, raspberries for anti-oxidants, vitamins (A, B, C) and minerals (potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium), and lemons for their alkalizing properties and vitamins. The vegetable based protein powder we used is also loaded with the GOOD good stuff like powdered greens and fiber. Man all these facts make me want to eat a whole batch of these babies!
Lemon Raspberry/Cherry/Blueberry/Blackberry Protein Energy Balls
Prep time 10 Mins | Makes: 26 | Source New Leaf Nutrition
2 scoops Vega Protein Powder (we used French Vanilla)
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw soaked almonds
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup raspberries (or cherries, blueberries, blackberries) I used frozen raspberries
1/3 cup maple syrup
Juice of half a lemon
Grated rind of whole lemon
1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Combine the protein, almonds, butter and oats in your food processor and process on high for 15-20 seconds.
- Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until well combined.
- Make bite sized balls by rolling a tablespoon or two of the mixture between your palms and place onto a tray. Optionally roll balls in shredded coconut or sesame seeds.
- Refrigerate for about an hour and serve! Keep in fridge where possible. Balls will last in the fridge for 5 days. Freeze extras.
Pics from the Health and Fitness Alliance Conference! Middle pic: me and Kim Lyons (Personal Trainer from The Biggest Loser TV Show. Left and Right Pics my friends Derek and Karen. Couldn't have done it without them.