tray of homemade sweet potato energy balls
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Sweet Potato Energy Balls


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!

tray of homemade sweet potato energy balls

Sweet Potato Energy Balls

Becca Schulte
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!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 1 baked and mashed sweet potato (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup almonds (or other nut of choice)
  • 1/4 cup nut/seed butter (almond, peanut, sunflower seed etc)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (plant based if vegan)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • a couple dashes cinnamon
  • Mix ins of choice: chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut, etc

Instructions
 

  • 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!

Notes

  • 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
Keyword easy, gluten free, healthy snacks, on-the-go, vegan

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