These Chocolate Raspberry Energy Balls are the perfect healthy snack to eat on the go. In addition to tasting delicious, they’re gluten-free and packed with antioxidants, protein, and tart berry flavor!
When I was younger, I often visited my elderly neighbors who grew fresh raspberries on bushes in their backyard. I’d wander around the side of the house uninvited (they encouraged me to do so!) and knock on the back door. The husband and wife would ramble over and invite me in for a snack and a cup of tea on the screened-in porch. We’d talk about anything and everything, and then they’d hand me a plastic bag. I left with instructions to fill it up with the brightest red and juiciest berries––as many as I’d like!
Needless to say, I developed a love affair for raspberries at a very young age. Sweet and slightly sour, the berries to this day remind me of my childhood. I still put them in and on everything I can: oatmeal, smoothies, salads, desserts. There’s just something about their tart flavor and the fond memories they conjure.
So how do raspberries come into play in this recipe, you ask? Over the past few months, I’ve been kicking things up a notch when it comes to eating clean and working out. Well, I was brainstorming healthy snacks to take with me to work one afternoon. Raspberries instantly popped into my head since they’re one of my favorite fruits. As fate would have it, I discovered a bag of freeze-dried raspberries at Trader Joe’s––and the rest is history.
Made with a base of ground oats, these Chocolate Raspberry Energy Balls are gluten-free (as long as you use certified gluten-free oats!) and are sweetened naturally with a hint of honey. Cocoa powder, cacao nibs for a bit of chocolatey crunch, peanut butter for protein, and freeze-dried raspberries complete this healthy snack. Just pop the ingredients in the food processor, roll into balls, and you’re in business.
I do have to admit that I love making seasonal snacks because I’m festive like that, and I think these would be pretty much perfect for Valentine’s Day. February or not, these are a great little bite to keep on hand for work, school, or before a workout. They’re so good I’m already plotting another batch for next week.
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- 1.5 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 1 cup freeze-dried raspberries
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined. If needed, scrape down the sides and mix together several times.
- Roll mixture into 1.5" balls, firmly packing ingredients together. Store in the fridge and enjoy!
I used cacao powder for this recipe because it's purer than cocoa powder and thus offers many more antioxidants than cocoa powder, but you may substitute cocoa powder with no problem.
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