Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls

Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls

Our family adores energy balls and we create new ones each week with various ingredients: dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, coconut, Medjool dates, nut/seed butter and more!

The boys have fallen head over heels in love with Goji Berries and so I decided to create an energy ball with these little miracle workers. Goji berries have a very long history in Ancient China and have been used for eye, liver and kidney issues.

They are a great source of Vitamin C, Iron, and Fiber and contain all 8 essential amino acids!!
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

I decided to add as many goodies as possible to these energy balls: Dates, Almonds, Cashews, Chocolate, and Coconut!

Further Benefits of Goji Berries

Goji Berries

  • Just one ounce of these berries will fulfill 10% of your daily protein requirements!
  • The high amount of vitamin C is great to boost your immune system and protect you and your little ones from the flu.
  • These berries can aid in weight loss. The sweet and yummy taste (plus the added fiber) can help you to have an easier transition from processed sugar to whole foods. Our family LOVES to snack on these!
  • Goji berries contain a special antioxidant called zeaxanthin (this antioxidant gives them their beautiful and bright color). Antioxidants protect cells against breaking down when they’re exposed to elements such as smoke and radiation.
  • Goji berries are fantastic for lowering blood sugar and avoiding sugar crashes. They can also improve sugar tolerance if you slowly substitute these for the processed sugar snacks!
So now that we have talked about this amazing superfood, let’s get to blending and rolling these amazing Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls!
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

Let the Food Processor do all of the work! Just keep processing until a dough ball like this forms 🙂

Vegan Goji Berry Energy Balls

Vegan Goji Berry and Mixed Nut Energy Balls

These are a must try energizing bite to add to your family's weekly meal plans! Great for the kids lunch boxes or an afternoon pick me up!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, energy ball, kid friendly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 70.15kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medjool dates *Packed with seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp almonds
  • 2 tbsp cashews
  • 1.5 tbsp goji berries
  • 1 tbsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs

Instructions

  • Start by removing the seeds from the medjool dates and adding to the food processor. Follow this by tossing in all of the remaining ingredients.
    vegan goji berry bites
  • Turn the food processor on and allow it to do all the work for you. If you need to stop to scrape down the sides, go right ahead. Continue to food process the mixture until a dough like ball is formed.
    Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball
  • Once the dough is formed, remove from procesor and take either a 1 tsp or 1 tbsp (depending on the size you want) amount and roll into balls. You can leave as is or you can roll in some coconut shreds as shown. The balls will be quite sticky so I do recommend rollling them in some sort of a powder/shreds. Feel free to use cacao powder, coconut shreds, pulsed nuts, powdered sugar or whatever else you want!
    Vegan Goji Berry Energy Balls
  • Store in the refrigerator to set and also to keep for the week. I like to keep mine stored in an airtight glass container. These are fantastic for snack lunch boxes, mid-afternooon pick me ups or even as a quick out the door energy boost!

Notes

**Can sub out any nuts for seeds.
**Can sub goji berries for any dried fruit you have on hand. 

Nutrition

Calories: 70.15kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.84g | Protein: 1.14g | Fat: 2.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.95g | Sodium: 0.34mg | Potassium: 108.01mg | Fiber: 1.34g | Sugar: 9.62g | Vitamin A: 18.25IU | Calcium: 15.87mg | Iron: 0.48mg
Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

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How To Make Your Own Homemade Nut and Seed Butter!

Quick Tips & Tricks

How To Make Your Own Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Easy, Quick and Delicious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Breakfast, how to, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy vegan pasta, homemade nut butter, quick
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 118kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted shelled peanuts OR dry roasted peanuts your choice!
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  • Add peanuts to a food processor/high-speed blender and let it run for about 1 minute.
  • Stop and scrape down the sides.
  • Food process/blend again for another 5 minutes, until creamy.
  • If you would like to add a little bit of maple syrup or a pinch of salt, add now and food process/blend again for 30 more seconds.

Notes

Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator and consume within 1 month.

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

How to make your own cashew butter

How To Make Your Own Cashew Butter

Quick, Easy and Delicious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: how to, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, how to make your own cashew butter, quick
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 143kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unsalted cashews

Instructions

  • Add cashews to food processor and process for 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and process again. Continue to scrape down sides every few minutes until about 12 minutes have passed. Let the food processor run until the cashew butter is very creamy. If this is your first time, add one more minute to when you THINK it is down. I promise it can get creamier!

Notes

Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg

How To Make Your Own Almond Butter

How To Make Your Own Almond Butter

Easy, Delicious and Nutritious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, easy vegan pasta, how to make your own almond butter, quick
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 129kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Now, you can simply add the almonds to the food processor/high-speed blender and process until smooth and have nut butter, but roasting them is just so yummy!!
  • Preheat oven to 350F/175Spread almonds out over the baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes (stir halfway through).
  • Let almonds cool down until warm and add to food processor/blender. Process/blend until creamy while scraping down the sides every few minutes or so. This takes me around 10 minutes but it can take up to 15 so be patient. Grab a book!
  • If using the optional flavors, add in after the butter is creamy and process again for another minute.
  • Let the butter cool down and then transfer to a mason jar.

Notes

Store in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg

How To Make Your Own Sunflower Butter

How To Make Your Own Sunflower Butter

Easy, Simple and Delicious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, how to make your own sunflower butter, quick
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 124kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/175Spread sunflower seeds out over the baking sheet and toast for 20-25 minutes (stir halfway through).
  • Let seeds cool down until warm and add to food processor or high-speed blender. Process/blend until creamy while scraping down the sides every few minutes or so. This takes me around 10 minutes but it can take up to 15 so be patient. Grab a book!
  • Do not add the coconut sugar and salt until the seed butter is creamy (minimum 10 minutes).
  • Let the butter cool down and then transfer to a mason jar.

Notes

Store in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

how to make your own tahini

How To Make Your Own Tahini

Easy, Quick and Delicious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: easy, easy vegan pasta, quick, sesame seed butter, tahini
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 115kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil *Optional* I typically would not recommend oil added into any butter, but this is a huge preference to many tahini paste lovers!

Instructions

  • You can simply process/blend the sesame seeds all natural, but roasting them in a skillet does WONDERS for flavor.
  • You will need a dry cast iron skillet or a heavy non-stick skillet. Heat over medium and add the seeds. Stir frequently until they begin to brown and then remove immediately and pour into blender/food processor with extra virgin olive oil (if using). Process/blend until nice and creamy

Notes

Store in a glass jar for up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 195mg | Iron: 3mg

how to make your own pistachio butter

How To Make Your Own Pistachio Butter

Quick, Easy and Delicious!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, how to make your own cashew butter, pistachio butter, quick
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 142kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shelled pistachio nuts
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/175Spread pistachios out over the baking sheet and toast for 6-8 minutes until fragrant. I like to keep an eye on them to make sure they do not burn and stir around 4 minutes.
  • Let nuts cool down until warm and add to food processor or high-speed blender. Process/blend until creamy while scraping down the sides every few minutes or so. This takes me around 10 minutes but it can take up to 15.
  • Do not add the optional flavors until creamy.
  • Let the butter cool down and then transfer to a mason jar.

Notes

Store in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

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