How to make vegan energy balls
At Ecotricity, we focus on three key areas: Energy, Transport, Food – together, these areas make up 80% of our personal carbon footprints. We’re proud to be the only energy company in the world certified as vegan by The Vegan Society and Viva!, the vegan charity.
Today, though, we want to talk about a different type of vegan energy – the kind that comes in chocolate flavoured balls!
This delicious recipe comes from our friends at Forest Green Rovers FC, the world’s first vegan football club. Their vegan energy balls are a huge favourite with the players and perfect for an energy boost before or after exercise, or even when you’re struggling with that mid-afternoon lull.
Give them a go – we’re sure you’ll love them!
Jade Crawford, Forest Green Rovers FC Head Chef, says:
This has been one of my favourite recipes for years, as they’re quick and easy to make, super tasty and incredibly healthy. They’re called ‘Kickers’ because they look like tiny footballs and taste very similar to Snickers.
They’re a great post work out snack – the peanut butter and nuts are an awesome energy booster and great for bone health too.
The chia seeds and flaxseed powder are both excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fibre, iron, and calcium. The oats help to control a healthy blood sugar level whilst cocoa powder (in its raw form) has an inexplicable quality to stabilise blood pressure.
Kickers are 100% natural and vegan, so they’re completely cruelty and guilt free. Also, as they’re raw, you don’t even need to cook them. If you’d like to make a gluten free version, just use gluten free oats.
For 30 vegan energy balls, you’ll need:
1 cup natural peanut butter (or almond/cashew butter if you prefer)
1/2 cup flaxseed/linseed powder
2 cups oats
4 tbsp cocoa powder
2/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla essence
4 tbsp chia seeds
Crushed or whole nuts + extra seeds of your choice
How to make your vegan energy balls:
Melt the peanut butter in a saucepan for around 3 minutes until it’s a liquid, making sure all the natural oils are well blended. Once it’s soft, take it off the heat and set aside.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a separate mixing bowl.
Once the peanut butter has cooled, add the vanilla and maple syrup and mix well.
Pour over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well incorporated together.
Pinch a bit of the mix, however big you would like your balls to be and roll in your palms. I prefer bite size balls.
Once they’re rolled, put them on a baking tray lined with a baking sheet.
When all the balls are made, put them in the fridge for a few hours to set and they’ll be ready to eat.
You can eat these vegan energy balls as soon as they’ve been made, but personally I think they’re a lot tastier cold. Store them in the fridge until they’ve all been gobbled!
Why switch to vegan energy?
As well as being ethically the right thing to do, switching to vegan energy in your home is important to make sure you’re not supporting factory farming and its climate impacts.
Switch to Ecotricity and we’ll use your bill money to invest in new sources of renewable vegan energy and build a greener Britain.
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