When we first started the transition to lower glutamate foods, these energy balls became a staple in our house. They were easy to travel with, served as a great accompaniment to a smoothie for breakfast, worked in lunchboxes, and also made a nice treat after dinner. With time the recipe morphed because these easy energy balls acted as a great vessel to hide dried herbs in. Please don’t be afraid to adapt this recipe, add new ingredients, and increase the nutritional density of these little treats.
2 cup. Gluten-Free Oatmeal
1 cup. Unsweetened Nut or Seed Butter (raw is preferred)
2/3 cup. Raw Honey (we often do 1/2 cup of honey or less, but know those just starting out may need for these to be a bit sweeter)
2 cup. Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (watch for additives)
1/2 cup. Ground Flaxseed
1 cup. Clean Chocolate Chips (Raisins or Goji Berries also work great)
3 tsp. Vanilla Extract (clean or homemade)
1 pinch Himalayan or Sea Salt
In a large mixing bowl stir together all ingredients until well combined. Using your hands, roll small balls (approximately 1/2-1″ diameter) of the mixture until compact and smooth. Place balls in an airtight container and refrigerate until serving.
Have a lot of food sensitivities? If using nut butter these easy energy balls can be high in oxalate, dried fruit, and coconut high in phenols/salicylate, and overall can feed yeast. Since I’m already listing disclaimers, chocolate can be problematic for some as it is high in oxalate, histamine, phenol, and glutamate (to a lesser extent). Sourcing raw ingredients is always preferred. I don’t want to scare anyone too much but know that we have multiple families struggling with several food sensitivities and feel compelled to share some of the disclaimers.