Blueberry vanilla energy balls

This internship is flying by! I can’t believe I’m already done my outpatient rotation at the family health practice. I’m a bit sad to be done actually – I enjoyed it so much, and I’m pretty sure I can see myself working in a similar job in the future. Life there was unpredictable though. Sometimes 3/4 of our patients for the day were no shows. Other times we were booked back to back without a break until lunch.

So I’ve learned that I always need to have quick snacks on hand in case my day turns out like that. Forget yogurt or apples – those take too long to eat! I need something I can shove in my mouth between patients.

Blueberry vanilla energy balls: a quick snack full of protein and healthy fats! Vegan, gluten free, and peanut free.

And so these energy balls were born. With tons of healthy fats from the coconut, flaxseed, hemp seeds, and almond butter, and an extra boost of protein from protein powder, they’re the perfect snack to tide you over on the go!

Blueberry vanilla energy balls: a quick snack full of protein and healthy fats! Vegan, gluten free, and peanut free.

Blueberry vanilla energy balls
 
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Energy balls made with oats, coconut, dried blueberries and almond butter with protein powder for a protein boost! Vegan, gluten free, soy free.
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Yield: 10 balls
Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp vanilla lucuma Epic Protein (or another vanilla protein powder)
  • 1.5 tbsp hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup dried blueberries
  • ¼ cup natural almond butter
  • 2-3 tbsp agave nectar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the oats, coconut, flaxseed, protein powder, hemp seeds and blueberries, and stir.
  2. Then add the almond butter, agave, and vanilla and stir until it it is evenly mixed.
  3. Use your hands to form the balls, packing them tightly. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

Blueberry vanilla energy balls: a quick snack full of protein and healthy fats! Vegan, gluten free, and peanut free.

This week I get a bit of a breather because I’m on research week, so my days consist of just inputting our research study data into massive Excel spreadsheets. Sounds thrilling, right? Monday I’m starting a new rotation at a continuing care hospital though, and I’ll be back to my busy days. Guess I’ll need to whip up another batch of these over the weekend!

What’s your favourite fast snack?

This post is linked up to Healthy Vegan Fridays over at Hello Veggy’s blog. Hop on over there to check out all the other great recipes!

Looking for more energy ball recipes? You might like these:

Orange cranberry energy balls
Cacao mesquite energy balls
Gingerbread date balls

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48 Responses to Blueberry vanilla energy balls

  1. so tasty! I am digging coconut in everything lately.

  2. YUM! i love energy balls!! i’m out of agave nectar – must get more!

  3. Ooooh, these look amazing! I’m all about energy balls right now. They’re a perfect quick and easy snack to take to work with me!

  4. I definitely need to make up some sort of energy balls/bars…buying protein bars to take to school for snacks definitely gets pricey after a while. And I love anything to do with dried blueberries!

    • Chelsea

      Yeah, the only nutritious nut free bars are like $3-4 each, so that definitely isn’t a habit I can keep up. Besides, I actually like most homemade recipes better than store bought bars!

  5. Delicious recipe and the pics look great! Did you try a new editing software??

  6. Added these to my ‘to make’ list…and it’s getting pretty long haha :D

  7. And recipe has been saved. I might just need to bite the bullet and grab a thing of vanilla protein powder this weekend to be able to make all the goodies I see on blogs haha :P that’s awesome that you enjoyed this rotation so much too hun. Sounds busy but interesting!

  8. These sound amazing and the pictures are gorgeous! Well done :)

  9. Loving the combination of vanilla and blueberry! And the pics look great, girl! They’re making me think that I need one (or two) of these in my belly, stat.

  10. These look delish! Blueberry and Vanilla is one of the best combinations!

  11. Yum! These look so good Chelsea- and easy enough to whip up without a kitchen!

    • Chelsea

      Haha who needs a kitchen? I’d be happy living off no bake energy balls, bananas, and scoops of almond butter straight from the jar for the rest of my life. ;)

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  13. Love the description of shoving something in your mouth between patients:) that is me in between classes or at the lab haha!

  14. I’m glad you enjoyed it even if your days were a bit unpredictable. These sound like a great snack to shovel in your mouth when short on time. I love having snack type energy biteson hand for afternoon snacks!

  15. Pinning these now! Thankfully I’m headed to the grocery store soon ;)

  16. What a perfect snack! Thanks for linking up to HVF Chels!

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  18. It’s crazy how fast time can fly by. Quick snacks are always great for busy days. These look great. Normally my quick snack is boring old almonds but these seem much more exciting!

  19. Your dedication to your internship will definitely go far after you’ve completed it. I have no doubt any dietitian, hospital or health team looking to hire would love you on their team. Your clients will be so lucky to have your recipes especially those with nut allergies. These looks delicious and you are so right, there is no time for peeling fruit, unwrapping wrappers or using forks/knives/spoons for snacks when you are on the go! These would make great exam and study (aka for Business 1220 4 hour exams) snacks since they are virtually mess free. On another note, where did you buy your dried blueberries or did you dry them yourself?

    • Chelsea

      Aww thanks Molly – you’re so sweet!

      And ohh yes, I wish I had thought up this recipe 3 years ago for all those killer Business exams!

      I bought the dried blueberries from Bulk Barn. :)

  20. These look really good, I’ve been thinking about making energy bars (or balls) with dried blueberries and this looks like a good recipe for me. I like that it has the healthy hemp and flax and the almond butter.

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  24. What a great healthy treat! And I love that you could make it with all raw ingredients too. I’d love for your to share it at Raw Foods Thursdays!

    http://www.glutenfreecat.com/2014/01/raw-foods-thursdays-12914/

    Hope to see you there!
    Heather

  25. You had me at Blueberry! And I for one know EXACTLY what you’re talking about when you say that an apple or yogurt takes too long to eat! I “tried” to eat some yogurt earlier this week…it took 30 minutes…in between three different patients! Ha!

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