Chewy, coconuty energy bites made with healthy and wholesome ingredients? I’ll take one please... actually make it two ;)
To create this recipe, I was inspired by a coconut spirulina energy ball I had tried at a vegetarian café in Montreal called Juicy Lotus. A couple of months ago, Sam’s mother, Brigitte, had picked up these energy balls and I instantly fell in love with the flavour combination. They were slightly sweet, very coconuty and had a little bit of a savoury, sea-vegetable flavour that came from the spirulina.
If you are not familiar with spirulina, it is an algae powder that is super high in protein, chlorophyll, vitamins K & B and has amazing detoxifying properties. Learn more about spirulina by clicking here.
I think the flavour of spirulina takes a little while to get used to, because it has a seaweedy aftertaste, that might not be pleasing at first, but with time, if you eat it regularly in small amounts – in smoothies for example – you do get used to it. You might even be inspired to use it in desserts and in savoury dishes, like Kati from Black White Vivid did in her Savory Spirulina Pancakes with Vegan Herbed Cream.
I found that the coconut energy balls from Juicy Lotus were a little too rich for my personal taste; I could tell they were packed with lots of coconut and quite a bit of coconut oil. For my version of these energy balls, I wanted to make a snack that wasn’t as fatty, was more chewy and only sweetened with dates. Therefore, I only used 1 cup of coconut flakes and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. To make them more hearty, I added in some oats and some of my favorite seeds: hemp hearts, chia seeds and sesame seeds. Finally, instead of maple syrup, I opted to sweeten these energy balls with dates.
If you are looking for a quick snack to put together that is packed with unique flavours and healthy ingredients, look no further, this one is for you!
p.s. If you do not have any spirulina in your cupboard, try swapping it with matcha powder. Coconut and matcha are a match made in heaven!
prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: -
total time: 10 minutes
yield: 10-15 balls
1 cup toasted coconut flakes *
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
2 tbsp hemp hearts
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 cup packed pitted dates**
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 tsp spirulina
2 tbsp matcha powder (optional)
- To a food processor, add coconut flakes, oats, hemp hearts, chia seeds, sesame seeds, dates and coconut oil. Pulse until a sticky dough is formed.
- Add spirulina, half a teaspoon at a time, pulsing after each addition and tasting the mixture. If you prefer a stronger spirulina taste, I recommend adding up to 1 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina. On the other hand, if you would like a milder taste, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of spirulina.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture and roll into balls using your hands. Transfer to a plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- (Optional) After refrigerating for 30 minutes, roll your energy balls in some matcha powder. Enjoy!
* Toast your coconut flakes in the over at 325ºF for 5 minutes, keeping a close eye on it – coconut can burn fast!
** If your dates are hard, add them to a bowl with boiling water and let soften for 15 minutes. Drain the water and use as indicated in the recipe.