If you’re looking for a simple snack solution as your schedule heats up into fall, energy balls are your answer. They’re not only portable and customizable: Most offer a combination of protein and healthy fats and carbs that’ll give you and the fam plenty of energy and keep you satisfied.
They’re the perfect replacement for store-bought protein and granola bars — you’re able to choose the ingredients to ensure you’re eating something that’s actually healthy! Plus, if you’re on a budget, they’re often less expensive. Make a big batch over the weekend and you’ll be snacking happy all week.
Check out the recipes below for a variety of energy ball ideas and pick a few to try based on your favorite flavors and snacking needs.
Blueberry Muffin Larabar Balls
No time for breakfast? No worries. Pop two or three of these blueberry muffin energy balls into your bag for a quick, energizing option that you can eat in the car without making a huge mess. Get the recipe.
German Chocolate Energy Bites with Pecans
Have your cake and eat it, too! These bites may taste decadent with their rich chocolate flavor, but they’re actually packed with nutrients and are great as a pre-workout snack. Get the recipe.
Apple Pie Larabar Balls
Filled with apple cinnamon goodness, these vegan and gluten-free energy balls require only seven ingredients. They taste just like everyone’s favorite pie. The only thing missing is a little vanilla ice cream. Get the recipe.
No Bake Energy Balls
If you love peanut butter and granola, you’ll love these super simple energy balls. They take about 10 minutes to whip up and there’s no need for baking or a food processor. Just be sure to save these for after school. They do have peanuts, which many schools don’t allow. Get the recipe.
Healthy Vanilla Cake Balls
There’s really nothing better than treats with sprinkles. Unless, of course, that treat is also loaded with healthy ingredients. It’s the best of both worlds! Spoiler alert: These balls are made with chickpeas, but you’d never know it. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin Spice Larabar Balls
Satisfy your craving for pumpkin-spice-everything this fall with these energy balls. They’re made with just five simple ingredients: dates, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin pie spice, and sea salt. Get the recipe.
Thin Mint Protein Balls
These are protein balls that taste like the Girl Scout cookie we all love. They’re packed with good-for-you ingredients like dates, cashews, and chocolate protein powder. Added bonus: They’re vegan and gluten-free, too. Get the recipe.
Superfood Energy Balls
Antioxidant-rich superfoods like goji berries and mulberries ensure these superfood energy balls will give you a boost of sustained energy. You’ll also get all the added health benefits from the berries. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Protein Balls
The ultimate culinary duo, peanut butter and chocolate, come together to create an energy ball that has the texture and flavor of cookie dough. Plus, each ball has 4 grams of protein! What’s not to love? Get the recipe.
Cherry Larabar Balls
These raw balls combine almonds, cashews, dates, slightly tart cherries, and shredded coconut. I don’t know what it is about the sour cherry and coconut combo, but it’s addicting! Get the recipe.
Brittany is a health coach, personal trainer, and author of the site eatingbirdfood.com, where she shares recipes, workouts, wellness articles, travel adventures, and more. She focuses on living a balanced life through healthy habits over dieting. Tather than promoting a specific diet, she strives to share real-food, plant-focused meals that are not only nutritious, but also delicious and satisfying. Get inspired to live a healthy, balanced life by visiting her blog and connecting with her on Instagram.