Tropical Mango Coconut Energy Balls

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! They are also dairy free, egg free, peanut free, and refined sugar free.

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! Just 6 ingredients required and easily made vegan and gluten free!

Life has a funny way of handing you what you need.

Earlier this week I had a little accident. While I was brushing the snow off my car (yes, SNOW – in April!!), I slipped and broke my wrist. And the first thing I thought when I realized I’d hurt it was: “This is so inconvenient!” Followed of course by a string of relentless cursing at the pain.

And inconvenient, is it ever. I had my whole week planned out before it happened: my social plans, my workouts, our meals… And at first I stubbornly tried to stick to them. An hour after I got out of the hospital I went out to lunch with my friend as planned (mind you I was still feeling A+ from the hospital pain meds at that point). Then I was determined to still make the dinner on our menu plan for that night: apricot citrus quinoa salad with BBQ pork chops and roasted carrots. I surprisingly did it, although it took me about 2x as long as usual! I even planned on going to work the next day as usual. But then the meds wore off and the pain set in… along with a sleepless night. So with sigh I gave in to the circumstances and took a sick day.

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! Just 6 ingredients required and easily made vegan and gluten free!

As for my other plans for dinners this week, workouts, blog posts… I’m starting to accept that those may need to be put on hold too. And that’s okay. Or at least I’m trying to believe that. I’ve always been a planner – it’s like a security blanket for me – but sometimes we just need to give in and be flexible. I’ve always wished I could be a more go-with-the-flow kind of person and, well, maybe here’s my chance.

But I’ll still always be prepared with some handy snacks!

The day before my slip, I made these tropical mango coconut energy balls and luckily photographed them while I still had 2 working hands! With only 6 ingredients, they whip up quickly in a food processor (or by hand) to make a healthy grab-and-go snack that’s easily made gluten free or vegan – and best of all, only takes one hand to eat!

These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour! Just 6 ingredients required and easily made vegan and gluten free!

Tropical Mango Coconut Energy Balls
 
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These tropical mango coconut energy balls are a fast, healthy snack bursting with tropical flavour!
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Yield: 12-15 balls
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried mango, chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup natural almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until it is well mixed but still chunky.
  2. Use wet hands to roll into about 12-15 balls.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Notes
Use certified gluten free oats to make the balls gluten free. Use agave instead of honey to make them vegan.

Are you a planner? Have you ever broken any bones?

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  1. I’m thinking that Mother Nature has some explaining to do! I’m impressed at how positive you’re staying under the circumstances! :) And these energy balls look delish – I might whip some up this weekend in preparation for our 4 day hike coming up!!

    • You’ve missed some crazy weather here – it snowed again in MAY! And then it was 30 degrees a week later lol. Oh crazy Canada.

  2. Oh gosh your poor thing- hope the pain has reduced! Love the sound of these balls, especially given they don’t contain dates. So many energy ball recipes are date-based and truth be told, I’m just not a fan!! Between the oats, coconut and almond butter, I know I’d love these :)!

  3. Ouch, ouch, ouch! Hope you’re doing okay, girl! And I love the positive twist on a bad situation. Life’s good at those curveballs, and sometimes the best (only) thing we can really do is learn to make the most of ’em. Which is made a lot easier when we’ve got some good food to get us through ;)

    • Thanks Amanda! You’re so right – I definitely think some positives came out of my wrist situation, like bonding with a coworker who helped me do my cooking classes and forcing JZ to help me in the kitchen for the first time in his life! ;)

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  5. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about your wrist! I know exactly how it is to try and plan everything and then have something stand in the way of that. It’s like it’s forcing you to relax and let go for a while and that can be a good thing. At least you got to make these delicious energy balls before it happened! I’m a fiend for mango so I’d be stuffing these in my mouth like crazy.

    I hope you heal soon!

    • I know exactly what you are talking about! I broke my ankle a few years ago and was also in denial about it. I didn’t even see the doctor until the next day! Funny how you think about how it affects your life before you think about the effects on your body. I ended up off my feet for almost 90 days! I hope you are healing up nicely and JZ is taking good care of you. ;)

      • Oh yikes, 90 days? I guess I don’t have much to complain about in comparison. It was an inconvenience for sure, but at least I got JZ to help out in the kitchen for the first time in his life haha!

    • Thanks Sarah! Yeah sometimes it’s a blessing in disguise to have life circumstances force you to relax for a bit. :)

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