Almond Butter Energy Balls
Recipe type: Snack, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Makes: 30 balls
These fruity, nutty balls make tasty sweet treats, or pack them along as a snack for a quick energy boost. Cardamom, which you may recognize from masala chai, gives these balls a distinctive flavour.
  • 1 cup (250 mL) rolled oats, processed in a food processor for 20 seconds until finely ground (can substitute with oat flour)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) almond butter or peanut butter
  • ½ cup (125 mL) pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup (125 mL) raisins
  • ½ cup (125 mL) dried cranberries, chopped
  • ½ cup (125 mL) chocolate chips
  • Zest and juice of ½ of a lemon
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) ground cardamom, or 3 whole cardamom pods, crushed
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 mL) water (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients except water in a medium bowl with a fork until well combined. If needed, gradually add enough water and mix until the mixture holds together. Roll into small balls, each about 2 Tbsp (30 mL) in size, and store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freezer for up to several months.
Recipe by Vincci Tsui, RD | Calgary Registered Dietitian at