How have I not posted an energy ball recipe before? I’m surprised with myself. I love whipping these up because anything grab-and-go is my favorite thing. As much as I love spending tons of time in the kitchen and making elaborate, delicious and beautiful plates of food (I really do!), some days I just don’t have the time. I get frustrated when I look in the fridge for a quick bite to eat to hold me over for a while, and all I have is ingredients for things you have to cook or that take a while to make. Trust me, it’s exciting to open the fridge and see these energy balls staring back at you. They’re as delicious as they are energizing, and good for you too!
These are packed full of flavor! I recommend just going to the bulk section of your store and just getting what you need, because it can get pricey if you buy whole bags of pistachios, dates and cranberries! That’s what I did. We have a nice big new bulk section in the grocery store I work at, and I just got the amount of each ingredient that I needed. Instead of them costing around $10 each (which would be roughly the price for a full bag each), they were about $2-$4 each! That’s what I love about buying in bulk. I highly recommend it if you usually don’t.
With this recipe you’ll get somewhere between 10 and 12 energy balls, depending on how big or small you make each one. I ended up with 11, but as you can see from the photos I ate one before I even took out the camera. I couldn’t resist! Just look at them. They’re tantalizing. So much so, they make me use the word tantalizing. I don’t think I’ve ever used that word before. But I just love the look of them coated in pistachios. Don’t you just love pistachios? I’ve been obsessed with them since I was younger, but they were always a rare treat because they’re expensive. My mom would come home some days from the grocery store with them to surprise me. Those, and sugar snap peas were my favorite healthy, expensive snacks. Yum.
These energy bites would also be a great addition to a picnic! Or if you’re having company staying the night and you want to give them a little bite with their coffee in the morning. Or make them for you and a friend that always go on walks, do workouts or go to the gym together! Share some of them before or after you get active to get some energy going! Or just have them as a quick morning snack to yourself, like me! 🙂
If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below, or take a photo and tag it on instagram or twitter with #itscrunchthyme