Easy 5 ingredient powerballs recipe. Made with sweet dates, peanut butter and almonds, these energy balls are packed with fiber, protein and healthy fats.
Powerballs are the perfect on-the-go snack that you can prepare in just a few minutes. The Powerballs are made from only natural ingredients such as dates and nuts. It sounds simple, but tastes incredibly delicious! I think this healthy snack is reminiscent of small pralines and perfect for snacking.
If you decorate the Powerballs nicely, for example with chocolate, chopped nuts, or coconut flakes, they also make a perfect little gift from the kitchen.
What is in the Energy Balls?
Dates are high in fiber, healthy fats and antioxidants. Fiber prevents constipation and can be beneficial for blood sugar levels. Due to the different types of antioxidants, dates can prevent certain chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Dried fruit also helps reduce inflammation in the body.
Due to their natural sweetness, dates are a perfect sugar substitute.
Did you know that dates can also promote and ease natural labor in pregnant women? That is why dates are particularly recommended in the last weeks of pregnancy.
Almonds are one of the most popular nuts – and rightly so! They are highly nutritious and rich in healthy fats, protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are also considered to be one of the best sources of vitamin E, a cell protection vitamin.
I used ground almonds for my Powerballs. Of course, you can also use whole almonds and grind them into small ones in the Food Processor. If you prefer your Bliss Balls to be a bit chunkier and crunchy, you can use the chopped almonds in the recipe.
Peanuts are packed with healthy fats and high-quality protein. Therefore, they are perfectly suited for vegan and vegetarian cuisine, as they are an excellent source of plant-based protein. However, they are also high in fat and should therefore not be eaten in excess.
For my Powerballs I use the peanuts in the form of peanut butter. You should make sure that you use pure peanut butter that is free of palm oil and sugar.
How to make Powerballs
With food processor
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. The mass should be easy to shape. If the mass is a little too dry, add a little more water; if it’s too wet, add a little more ground almonds.
Without a food processor
- If you don’t have a food processor, you can simply cut the dates into very small pieces and knead them into a dough with the rest of the ingredients by hand.
- Shape the dough into 15-20 small balls.
- You can enjoy the Powerballs as they are, or decorate them with some dark chocolate, chopped nuts or coconut flakes.
Storage and Expiration
It is best to store the small balls in the refrigerator or in the freezer. You can make a large portion in advance, so you always have something to snack on at home.
- Fridge: It is best to pack the Powerballs in a (Tupper) can. They last 1-2 weeks like this.
- Freezer: The Bliss Balls will keep for several months in the freezer.
Variations & Alternatives for the Powerballs
You can easily modify the Bliss Balls and make them with your favorite ingredients. For example, you can also add or roll in some cocoa powder or coconut flakes.
Here are a few ideas for variations:
- Use dried apricots or prunes instead of dates for a different fruity flavor.
- You can easily replace the ground almonds with ground hazelnuts or walnuts
- Add some cocoa powder to get delicious chocolate pralines
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- 200 g dried dates
- 150 g ground almonds
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1 generous pinch of salt
- 80ml water (maybe a little more or less depending on how soft your dates are)
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. The mass should be easy to shape. If the mass is a little too dry, add a little more water; if it’s too wet, add a little more ground almonds. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can simply cut the dates into very small pieces and knead them into a dough by hand with the rest of the ingredients).
- Shape the dough into 15-20 small balls.
- You can enjoy the Powerballs as they are, or decorate them with some dark chocolate, chopped nuts, or coconut flakes.
- Store the Powerballs in a container in the fridge.
- Have fun snacking 🙂