Almond Joy Energy Balls Recipe

5 from 16 votes

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This Almond Joy Energy Balls Recipe is bursting with flavor. Made with crushed almonds, held together by honey and rolled into coconut shreds.

I first saw Energy Balls from my friend Natalie.Β Her energy balls, snack balls, power truffles recipe came into my mind, then things weren’t working as planned. So, I scrapped my original plan and rolled these babies out and coated them in some coconut. Not too sweet, good texture, soft, chocolatey, nutty with a hint of coconut that takes about 15 minutes to make. AND you can employ little hands with the rolling. Best idea ever.

energy balls with coconut

Energy Balls Recipe

Seriously, this energy balls recipe calls for only 5 raw ingredients to make something sweet but full of good sources of energy. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Almonds – the base of this recipe is the almonds. They are full of healthy fats and protein.
  • Cocoa Powder – gives it that chocolatey taste!
  • Honey – using a natural sweetener instead of processed sugars. Plus no grainy sugar texture.
  • Coconut Oil – also full of healthy fats and helps hold these balls together.
  • Coconut Shreds – for texture and flavor. Chocolate and coconut go hand in hand.

Energy Balls Mixture

How to Make Energy Balls

  1. Pour toasted almonds (mine were lightly salted) into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until nuts turn into a coarse meal.
  2. Pour in cocoa powder, honey, and coconut oil (melt for easier mixing). Continue pulsing until a very thick mixture forms. You may have to scrape down the sides a few times. Also, feel free to add in splashes of water or more honey to get the mixture moving in the bowl, but be careful not to add too much.
  3. Once you have a thick paste, scoop into small balls using a cookie scoop and lay on a sheet of waxing paper. Roll in shredded coconut or chopped almonds.
  4. Store in an airtight container until ready to eat. If these are too soft for you, store in the fridge to firm them up.

Energy Balls Recipe

Make-Ahead

These are the perfect make-ahead snacks! To keep them good for even longer store them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Or you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Just don’t forget to thaw them before eating!

This means, make a double batch, one for this coming week and the other you can store in the freezer.

Energy Balls Recipe

More Healthy Snacks to Try!

Pretty simple, right? My daughter {and her two friends} loved these and asked for seconds! Try them out and see how you like ’em too!

Printable recipe card below! πŸ™‚

5 from 16 votes

Almond Joy Energy Balls Recipe

This Almond Joy Energy Balls Recipe is bursting with flavor. Made with crushed almonds, held together by honey and rolled into coconut shreds.
servings 12
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds toasted and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • splash of water if needed
  • sweetened shredded coconut or chopped almonds for garnish

Instructions

  • Pour almonds into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until nuts turn into a coarse meal. 
  • Pour in cocoa powder, honey, and coconut oil. Continue pulsing until a very thick mixture forms. You may have to scrape down the sides a few times. Also, feel free to add in splashes of water or more honey to get the mixture moving in the bowl, but be careful not to add too much. 
  • Once you have a thick paste, scoop into small balls using a cookie scoop. Roll in shredded coconut or chopped almonds. Store in an air tight container until ready to eat.

Nutrition

Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Energy Balls, Energy Balls Recipe, how to make energy balls

 

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45 Responses
  1. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Healthy snacks are the best. And this is much needed in my diet – I’ve been eating way too many desserts lately!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    These look great. When I first started blogging about 3 years ago, I made so many little nut balls with various combos of nuts, dates, agave, coconut, coconut oil. Your little energy balls look so tasty and perfectly chocolatey πŸ™‚

  3. Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}

    Yum! I’ve had some balls – no, not THAT kind, on my mind for a while now. These would be great little pre-run snack, huh? That’s what I’ve had on my mind – a high-energy ball for some pre-run power. . . .

  4. Donna

    I’ll need these to come out of the chip and dip coma I’ve been in since yesterday!!!!!!!That dip is AWESOME Lauren! I’ve been wondering for years how to make that dip at home and now I know-it will be dangerous I think tho,LOL.The chipa are so good too. Thanks,as always.

  5. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    You’re right, this recipe looks delicious and super simple. They almost look like truffles, but ten times easier to make. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Roberta Breuer

    OK, you’ve GOT to google “Schweddy Balls”, a Saturday Night Live skit. It is MY favorite SNL skit of all time and I’ve been watching SNL since day 1!!

    It stars Pete Schweddy, played by Alec Baldwin, along with his platters of balls. The skit is no more than 5 minutes long.

    Ben & Jerry’s has even created a “Schweddy Balls” ice cream flavor!!
    I hope you enjoy this skit as much as I have!!

  7. Cookin' Canuck

    Okay, I am totally digging these balls…ahem. What a great way to get a burst of energy from something that looks like dessert!

  8. Cookin' Cowgirl

    So cute! I have never used solid coconut oil like that, I’ll have to look for that. These sound awesome! And yes, I love the name! πŸ™‚

  9. Megan Pence

    I’m having flashbacks to the Alec Baldwin’s SNL Schweddy Balls spoof… These sound much more appetizing than his balls…wait. never mind. *hangs head in shame*

  10. Kathryn

    I’ve seen lots of energy ball recipes around the internet but I’ve never really known what they were but these look so delicious that it makes me realise that there’s a whole new untapped world out there!

  11. Jenn

    I’m always on the lookout for healthy ways to allow my kids to have a treat! I have made these kind of ‘brownie’ balls too…only instead of oil and honey we use dates (chopped or whole). It’s still really sweet and wonderful…but adds a bit of fruit to the mix and makes them officially ‘raw’ (if you’re using raw almonds). I’m going to try these too though–and see which the kids like best! Using raw honey and the cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil will still makes these a health sensation as a treat!! THANKS!!

  12. Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin

    We must be thinking alike because I just made chocolate-covered cookie dough balls. I’m loving all the ingredients in these – they look so tasty! πŸ™‚

  13. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    5 stars
    I make balls (no, not that kind ;)) literally every week to have on hand as snacks. Yesterday it was lemon coconut chia seed ones. Love these. Coconut is my favorite ball ingredient especially when rolled in it b/c it looks so pretty πŸ™‚

  14. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    5 stars
    Oh that Natalie, what a genius she is! These energy balls look awesome. I often see energy ball/bar recipes that are chockerblock full of sugar, so I am psyched to see this recipe incorporates a raw ingredient as the sweetener. This give you REAL energy, woop woop! Looks great!

  15. Nicole {Sweet Peony}

    5 stars
    I love energy balls and these coconut ones sound amaaaazeballs πŸ˜‰

    By the way, how long do they keep after you make them? Say, if I wanted to keep them in a tupperware in my desk. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  17. Energy bar

    ‘Balls’ are definitely a great way to get a nutritious snack or use during exercise. Various fruits (including dates) make for a thicker consistency and you don’t have to use as much sweetener.

  18. Jeff

    5 stars
    Thanks for the great recipe. We tried them with honey and they were really good, and we are just finishing a batch with agave.

  19. La Conner Zen

    5 stars
    Got an email from my daughter who has been trying to eat less sugar. I was not disappointed when I made these today. Do they freeze? I packed them air tight but want to make some ahead for Thanksgiving.

  20. Emma

    5 stars
    Hi
    I just love that a lot of your recepies are so simple but SO delisius πŸ™‚ Pardon my english, it’s not my first language.
    Anyway…so fun and good that you have in pictures and text!!
    Love

  21. ratna

    hi Lauren,

    may I ask, what can I substitute the coconut oil with?
    I’m dying to make these now but I dont have any coconut oil handy! errghh..

  22. Nicole

    Hooray! Almost all of the recipes I’ve had/made/seen use medjools which are both expensive and…blah. Not my thing. I am glad to know there is a recipe out there for people who like balls and nuts but not dates!

    I’m also pretty sure there’s an inappropriate joke in there somewhere but I’m not touching it.

  23. Jass Starry

    5 stars
    OMG this is such an amazing Recipe !! Ty for always posting recipes to such yummy stuff! These are so convenient /healthy as a quick sugar craving snack !