When I was a few weeks postpartum with Noah, my sister-in-law brought something super delicious over to my house. I was an exhausted mess, and I was so grateful for someone leaving tasty treats in my fridge. That something super delicious was coconut and almond butter energy balls. We’ve both tried to track down the original recipe online, but haven’t been able to find it. I’ve found some similar ones, but none exactly like this one.
My sister-in-law texted me her version of the recipe the other day. I doubled her recipe to make a few more bites. Honestly I should have quadrupled it, because they go SO fast, and the recipe doesn’t make a ton of them. I can easily eat 3 in one setting, lol. They are somewhat calorie dense because of the almond butter, and coconut mana, but they are amazing for a quick snack to pop in your mouth when you’re walking by the fridge.
(yield: 21-24 balls, 15 mins prep time)
1 cup almond butter
1 cup coconut mana (you have to put the jar in a bowl of warm water, so that you can heat up the mana, you’ll want to be awhile to stir it into the other ingredients)
2/3 cup goji berries
2/3 cup coconut flakes
2-3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup (I used 2 the last time I made them, but I think 3 would have been better)
2/3 cup additional coconut flakes to roll the balls in after they have hardened
- Mix together all of the ingredients, leave some additional coconut flakes aside so you can roll the balls in the after they have hardened up a bit in the fridge.
- You will have to warm up the coconut mana so that you are able to mix it into the other ingredients. Stick the jar in a bowl of hot water. If you’re really impatient, like me, you can melt the coconut mana in the microwave, and then mix it into the other ingredients. You might have to stick the entire bowl into the fridge to harden up a little bit before you can roll them into balls (about 5-10 mins)
- Roll the mixture into balls, and then roll them into the remaining coconut flakes
- Place on a plate with wax paper & stick in the fridge to harden up. I just leave mine in the fridge, and grab one to eat basically every time I walk by the fridge, ha!
Although these balls are freaking delicious, they can be kind of expensive to make. If you want to make a cheaper version, you could swap out the almond butter for peanut butter, and possibly add oats to make the recipe go further, and make more balls.
I would love to know if you guys make these! SO many of you requested the recipe over on Instagram, so let me know if you end up making them!