In true Fall fashion, I’m heading back to school this week along with millions of other students. Though I technically took classes all summer, I feel ready for a fresh semester with new classes, new insights, and new inspiration. I truly love this time of year, with its changing colours and cooler temperatures, but I have a really rough time with the darkness that is creeping in all to quickly. A lack of sunshine paired with a more stationary body and a massive need for brain energy calls for always having an energy-boosting snack on hand – like these Green Ginger Energy Balls!
Energy or “Bliss” balls are all over the internet, and there’s a good reason – they’re easy, tasty, and cheaper than store-bought bars. They pack well and are completely customizable for various diets or allergens. They also contain a big punch of sustainable energy – much more sustainable than that caffeine addiction! The recipe I’m sharing today is inspired by Fall, with it’s bright colours, cozy scarves, and “back-to-it” attitude.
These Green Ginger Energy Balls are full of helpful fats to aid memory function, unrefined carbohydrates for quick glucose to the brain, fibre for sustainable satiation, and protein to keep you alert and snappy. There is no added sugar, but I think you will find these quite sweet enough – I definitely suggest not eating too many all at once! Ginger adds warmth, the lemon aids digestion, and the greens will give your cells a welcome burst of nutrients and antioxidants.
Great for studying, in between classes, before exams, and even emergency breakfast when you’re running late.
*This recipe was recently featured on Live Well Collective! Check it out!
Green Ginger Energy Balls
2 c. dates
3/4 c. coconut butter/manna
1-3 Tbsp coconut oil
3 c. shredded coconut, plus more for optional rolling
1/4 c. hemp seed
2 Tbsp grass-fed collagen powder (like this)
2 Tbsp greens powder (I used this), plus more for optional dusting
1 tsp ginger powder
2 Tbsp lemon juice
zest of one lemon (optional)
In a food processor, blend dates, manna, lemon juice/zest, and oil until a sticky dough forms. Note: depending on how wet your manna is, you may not need the oil, or you may need more for the right consistency. Add hemp seed, collagen, ginger, greens powder, and half the coconut, giving it a short whirl to incorporate.
Transfer mixture to a large bowl with the rest of the coconut and fold in by hand – you should have a sticky dough that is firm enough to work with your hands. Note: the mixture may need 30 mins in the refridgerator to achieve this. If consistency feels right, start rolling the mixture into small balls. Dust with some extra greens powder or roll in extra coconut, then place in the fridge or freezer to firm up.
Store in fridge or freezer and take out as required. These pack well in a small mason jar or container for a quick energy boost at work, the gym, or school. A serving is approximately two 1 Tbsp-sized balls.
Consider switching it up! Try apricots instead of dates, matcha green tea instead of greens powder, etc.!