Açaí Oatmeal Energy Balls
Açaí Energy Balls Are Like an Açaí Bowl Without The Mess.
Açaí bowls have gained a lot of popularity around the world as a delicious way to boost immunity and give the body a jolt of long-lasting energy. Known as one of the world’s greatest superfoods, the açaí fruit is packed full of beneficial antioxidants. Açaí bowls originated in Brazil, where a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master would blend the unsweetened fruit with a banana and give it to his fighters to improve their performance. It became so popular that he started marketing the blend and eventually it became a highly-sought-after dish for travelers visiting the country.
Since their inception in the 1970s, açaí bowls have evolved to include I wide array grains, berries, and oftentimes, less-than-healthy sweeteners and toppings. They can still be made healthy and are absolutely delicious, but definitely not the most convenient food source for active individuals who need a grab-and-go energy source.
That’s why we created our oatmeal açaí energy balls. They incorporate açaí powder, oats, several types of healthful seeds, protein-loaded nuts and nut butters, dried fruits, vanilla bean paste, and just a touch of natural sweetener by way of maple syrup. We also add ceylon cinnamon powder, which will trick your tastebuds into believing that these balls contain more sugar than they actually do. Optionally, you can add dark chocolate chunks for additional antioxidants, minerals, and sweetness.
As is the case with just about any grain or seed-based energy snack, these aren't all that pretty. Don't let that stop you from trying them, though, because they are absolutely delicious!
How to Make No-bake Energy Balls with Açaí
- ¾ cups peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 ½ cup oats
- ¼ cup milled flax seed
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup other seeds as desired (millet, amaranth, quinoa)
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- 3 tablespoons açaí powder
- 1 ½ tablespoons Ceylon cinnamon powder
- ¼ cup dried fruit (cherries, blueberries, cranberries, etc…)
- ¼ cup dark chocolate (optional)
- Stir together your nut butter, vanilla paste , and maple syrup.
- Add in the oats, milled flax seed, chia seeds, preferred additionall seeds, açaí powder, slivered almonds, Ceylon cinnamon powder, dried fruits, and dark chocolate and thoroughly combine.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Use an ice cream scoop to scoop them onto the tray and then roll each scoop into a ball.
- Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them
Want to learn more about this Brazilian superfood? This article explains what acai is, what it tastes like, its health benefits, and provides suggestions on how to use it.