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.
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.
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!
- 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
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until it is well mixed but still chunky.
- Use wet hands to roll into about 12-15 balls.
- Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Are you a planner? Have you ever broken any bones?
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