Who doesn’t love a snack? Healthy snacks are an important part of a balanced diet-curbing hunger so you don’t over eat at meals and keeping your metabolism running smoothly. Being an athlete and a student means I’m almost always down for a snack, but rarely have the time.
Enter: energy balls
Energy balls are a simple, versatile snack that can be made ahead of time to be eaten on-the-go, on top of yogurt bowls and smoothies, or for a simple dessert. Pop one out of the freezer on your way out the door! I love eating one or two before a morning run when I need something to sustain my efforts without being too much. The combination of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein make energy balls a perfect balanced snack.
There are a plethora of energy balls recipes out there, and I’d encourage you to try different ones! Test your creativity with different flavor combination and see what you like best! I created this recipe this spring because of my love for sweet potatoes, and because I could get a pre-baked sweet potato from the campus dining hall. Always maximize the meal plan;p
There’s so many variations you can make with this recipe depending on the type of protein powder, nut butter, and mix ins you choose. Here’s a few recommendations:
Vanilla almond coconut: vanilla protein powder, almond butter, coconut flakes
Chocolate peanut butter: chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, chocolate chips
Vanilla chocolate chip: vanilla protein powder, almond butter, chocolate chips
Cinnamon roll: vanilla protein powder, cashew or almond butter, vanilla extract, extra cinnamon
Fruit and Seeds: mix in dried craisins/raisins and sunflower/pumpkin seeds
Let us know if you try out any of the combinations or create a new one yourself!
Sweet Potato Energy Balls
These Sweet Potato Energy Balls are perfect for an afternoon pick me up, pre-workout energy burst, or late night dessert! Filled with protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates they are the perfect balanced and tasty snack!
Mix ins of choice: chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut, etc
In a food processor, pulse the almonds, 1/4 cup of oats, and the chia seeds
In a bowl combine the sweet potato, maple syrup, and nut butter.
Add in the nut/oat mixture, the other 1/4 cut of oats, and the protein powder and mix to combine
Fold in any mix ins of choice!
Form mini ping pong sized balls and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. If necessary, let the mixture harden up in the fridge before forming the balls. After they have all been formed, place in the freezer (1 hour) to harden!
Store in the freezer or in the fridge depending on the consistency you prefer!
Enjoy on-the-go or whenever your sweet tooth pops up!
Bake a sweet potato by putting it in the oven wrapped in foil at 400 for 45-60min, or until a knife easily enters the skin of the potato
Use different flavored protein powders depending on what type of flavor you are looking for! I’ve used both vanilla and chocolate and both taste delicious