These nutritious little Crispy Cashew Butter Energy Balls are the perfect on-the-go or lunch box snack that you can feel good about packing for you or your family.
I made them for the new Recipe ReDux theme for August, “bars and bites for brown bags…small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste”.
This will be a great round-up you’ll want to check out with lots of great lunch box snack ideas.
These energy balls are made with cashew butter, ground flax seeds, chia seeds and sweetened with medjool dates. They have a little healthy fat from coconut oil and a light crispy crunch from brown rice cereal.
And they’re made in a matter of minutes with only a food processor!
Typical lunch box snacks are filled with GMO’s, food colorings, preservatives, and highly refined sugar that leads to empty calories and an energy crash.
Here’s the 17 ingredient list for a popular lunch box snack:
Brach’s Hi-C Fruit Snacks:
Ingredients: APPLES JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE, PEARS JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE, CORN SYRUP, GELATIN, GRAPES JUICE FROM CONCENTRATE, SUGAR, ASCORBIC ACID, CARNAUBA WAX, MALIC ACID, MINERAL OIL, RED 40, SODIUM CITRATE, SORBITOL, FLAVORS NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL, BLUE-1, YELLOW-5, YELLOW-6 (source)
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These healthy Crispy Cashew Butter Energy Balls are bite-sized treats that are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and contain no refined sugar!
Want more healthy ball recipes? Check out Pistachio Sesame Seed Balls, Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls, Cacao Nib Superfood Truffles or my Clean Eating eCookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating Truffles and Balls you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Cashews:*
- packed with dietary fiber
- rich in “heart friendly” mono-saturated fatty acids
- rich source of minerals
- high in magnesium and copper
- excellent source of antioxidants
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Flour):*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Medjool Dates:*
- natural energy booster
- high in iron content
- rich in potassium
- good source of dietary fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Flax Seeds:*
- high in omega-3 essential fatty acids
- contains soluble and insoluble fiber
- super high in lignans
- provides anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits
- provides cardiovascular benefits
5 Fast Facts About Chia Seeds:*
- excellent source of healthy omega fatty acids
- contains 700% more calcium than salmon
- contains more anti-oxidants than flaxseeds or blueberries
- contains 500% more calcium than milk
- contains 20% easily digestible vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Vanilla Bean Powder:*
- high in anti-oxidants
- can help reduce inflammation
- contains small traces of minerals
- 1 teaspoon contains 3 g of protein and 3 g of fiber
*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: I used homemade cashew butter, which was adding (1 1/2) cups of raw cashews in a food processor until it became creamy, about 5 – 7 minutes. It will make (1/2) cup of cashew butter, which is the amount you would need for this recipe.
You could also use organic store-bought cashew butter and would only need the (1/2) cup shown in the recipe.
Tip #2: This recipe will make approximately 14 – 16 small bite-sized balls.
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