No Bake Coconut Energy Balls
Are you ready to give your oven a break? These No Bake Coconut Energy Balls are the perfect delicious solution. With just seven simple ingredients, you’ll be popping one of these healthy coconut balls into your mouth in no time at all!
The fact that you can have an extra dose of protein without having to cook anything at all is one of the biggest reasons that I love making these treats. These and my Almond Mocha Bliss Balls that is. They’re so good – and so simple that you’re not going to believe that they’re actually good for you.
The only difficult part about these coconut peanut butter balls is that you’re going to crave more than one. Fill your belly while giving yourself energy in just a few moments of time!
Why Should I Make Energy Balls
Not only are they fast and simple, but they’re really, really good. There are so many snacks out there that are processed and high in sugar, but they’re really not a good addition to any diet at all.
These energy balls are made with natural and healthy ingredients that will actually give you energy to power through your day!
Keep in mind that these snacks are great for all ages as well. They’re perfect for an on-the-go snack and are even a great idea to pack for the kid’s school lunches. They’ll think that they’re getting a dessert when they’re actually putting healthy ingredients into their bodies.
- Vanilla Shakeology or protein powder of your choice – This adds extra protein and so much flavor! You won’t even know that there is a protein powder added.
- Natural peanut butter – To cut down on added sugars, natural peanut butter is best. Read the ingredients and try to find one that is made with just peanuts and salt.
- Unsweetened coconut flakes – Unsweetened flakes are key. Sweetened coconut flakes have a TON of sugar added to them, and it’s really not necessary.
- Honey – Honey is the perfect natural sweetener! You can also use maple syrup as well.
- Hemp hearts – This is a great addition for fiber and texture.
- Chia seeds – I love the added fiber that chia seeds give me!
- Vanilla – Be sure to use one that is alcohol-free. I like to use pure vanilla extract when I’m making these protein balls.
How To Make Coconut Energy Balls
- In a medium bowl add all ingredients and mix well until combined.
- Roll a heaping tablespoon of the mixture until it forms a smooth ball
- Roll in balls in the remaining 1/4 cup of coconut flakes
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or freeze for up to 1 month.
I find one is enough for me as a snack and if you are following the Portion Fix Plan from Beachbody one would count as 1/2 Orange Container, 2 tsp and 1/4 Red.
If you want to add a little bit of chocolate flavoring, sprinkle on some cocoa powder!
You can easily use crunchy or creamy peanut butter for these energy balls. It all just depends on the texture that you want.
How Do Energy Balls Give You Energy?
The added protein powder is what gives you that burst of energy. Adding more protein to your diet is a great way to help your body convert that to energy, making you less tired and less exhausted.
Can I use different nut butter?
Absolutely. If you want to change up the type of nut butter to use, go for it. You can easily use almond butter, sunflower butter, cashew butter, or anything else that you’d like.
Just be sure to use a natural nut butter that doesn’t have a ton of additives. You want these coconut protein balls to be as “clean” as possible.
Do energy balls need to be refrigerated?
Nope, they don’t! But to be honest, I tend to like the texture of them a bit more when they’re cold. I recommend storing them in the fridge for the best results.
My other little secret tip is that you can freeze them and then eat them. This gives them a harder texture but one that then melts in your mouth as they warm up.
So many yummy options!
Can I Use Vanilla Shakeology?
Yes, you can. I originally made this recipe using Vanilla Shakeology, but I’ve since modified it a bit to allow for any type of protein powder.
If you do decide to use a vanilla protein powder, I would recommend that you omit adding in the extra vanilla flavoring as that will be pretty strong of a flavor.
What are some other healthy on-the-go snacks?
These protein balls are always at the top of my list, but here are some other great snack ideas that are delicious as well.
Fresh veggies and hummus dip are a great snack that has a quick and simple prep. I use my weekends to prep and then have them in containers to snack on during the week. You can make your own hummus or purchase it at the store.
Peanut butter and fruit are always a winning combination. My favorite is peanut butter and apples, but I always make sure that I change up the flavor of apples so that I get new tastes.
Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes are not only the perfect healthy breakfast option, but you can easily make a big batch and have them in the freezer to unthaw and eat later.
Raw nuts are a great snack idea. I love keeping almonds and walnuts in the house, and sometimes I’ll mix them with raisins or dried cranberries. Just be aware that some dried fruits have a ton of extra sugar added, so read the label first!
Hard-boiled eggs are a great way to get a boost of protein in your daily diet. I’ll even sometimes put a dollop of hummus or guacamole in the middle for some healthy fats.
The kids love when I make homemade banana ice cream, which is really just frozen mashed bananas with a little bit of honey on top.
When it comes to making a simple snack that everyone in the house will love, start with these Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Balls. You might as well plan on making another batch because these are going to go quickly!
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Coconut Vanilla Shakeology Balls
- Medium Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Spoons
- 2 scoops vanilla Shakeology or protein powder of your choice
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes reserve 1/4 cup
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla alcohol free
- In a medium bowl add all ingredients and mix well until combined.
- Roll a heaping table spoon of mixture until forms a smooth ball
- Roll in balls in remaining 1/4 cup of coconut flakes
- Store in airtight container in fridge for up to a week or freeze for up to 1 month.
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These are so easy to make and absolutely delicious! Being vegan I struggle with getting enough iron and protein so these provide those essential nutrients and also satisfies any sweet tooth! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
My pleasure Bobbie!
Perfect!! I didn’t have chia seeds or hemp hearts, but used 1/4c ground flax seed and that worked fine. And I made them a bit smaller, got 14 total so about 165 cal each. Love ‘em!!
Great improvising. Flaxseed is a great substitute! Thanks for sharing.
This recipe doesnt specify the chia seed measurement?
I am sorry I missed that but thank you for letting me know. I have since updated the recipe. It calls for a 1/4 cup of chia seeds.
Looks great! I have extra Shakeology that I need to do something with it! ?
This is simply perfect! I struggle with my protein intake and this is something I can easily make and take with me. Thanks for sharing 🙂
These look delish!! I love making little protein ball variations like this! They make for the perfect grab and go snack! Thanks for sharing!
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