Keto Energy Balls (Vegan)
These Keto Energy Balls are healthy, no-bake, vegan, peanut butter chia seed and almond balls with sugar-free chocolate chips.
They are also paleo, gluten-free, and grain-free.
What Are Keto Energy Balls?
Keto Energy Balls are small bite-sized low-carb snacks loaded in fat and protein but also in various micronutrients.
They are no-bake keto energy bites that can be enjoyed after a workout, as a breakfast, or as a quick snack.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This recipe is amazing and tastes delicious, and it is:
- Ready In 20 Minutes
How To Make Keto Energy Balls
These chocolate peanut butter energy balls are a perfect little morning snack after a workout.
I love that the recipe can be made in 10 minutes and everyone can enjoy it in their way.
So let’s have a look at the simple ingredients you need to make these granola balls:
- Peanut Butter – of course, this is the base ingredient. The good news is that the recipe works with other nut butter as well, like almond butter or cashew butter. I personally adore the flavor of peanut butter. Make sure you check the ingredient list for no added oil, and no added sugar. You will be surprised by how many other ingredients some brands add to nut butter. It actually requires only one ingredient, peanuts. Check out my article on how to make a homemade peanut butter recipe if you prefer to make this at home.
- Sliced Almonds – you can also use roasted almonds that you crush into pieces, but I like the texture of sliced almonds. It reminds me of oats without the extra carbs.
- Pumpkin Seeds – They are the best seeds to boost your magnesium with 65% of your RDI, so don’t skip this ingredient. Plus, it’s a good source of plant-based iron, too. If you are vegan, 18% of RDI.
- Chia Seeds are loaded with fiber and calcium. So it’s another great seed to add to your breakfast for healthy digestion and strong bones.
- Flax Meal, like the other seeds above, it’s very rich in magnesium and iron, so if you are vegan, it’s a plus. On a low-carb diet, a flaxseed meal is recommended too as it’s very high in fiber, and great for stabilizing blood sugar levels.
- Sea Salt – optional, especially if your nut butter is already salty
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips – I love to add mine before pouring the warm peanut butter as they melt and give great chocolate peanut butter balls. If you prefer to feel the crunch of the chips, add them at the end after you incorporated the peanut butter and sweetener. You can make your own sugar-free chocolate chips with my recipe. Another great sugar-free option is cocoa nibs, slightly more bitter but delicious as well.
- Sugar-free Monk fruit syrup – this is my favorite go-to liquid syrup on a sugar-free diet. It has a glycemic index of zero, no calories, and it’s all-natural. You can, of course, use different liquid sweeteners. Some people prefer brown rice syrup or regular maple syrup. I won’t say they aren’t fine, they are simply higher in carbs, and their glycemic index will impact your blood sugar. So if you are on a keto low-carb diet, choose the same as me, sugar-free maple-flavored Monk Fruit syrup!
These Keto Energy Balls can be stored for up to 3 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container or up to 10 days in the pantry in a cookie jar.
They can also be frozen for 3 months and thawed in the fridge for a few hours.
Nutrient-Loaded Keto Energy Bites
We always talk about carbs and macronutrients on low-carb diets. We forget to tell us how much it is important to also reach your macronutrient target.
It’s hard to say how many of them are required. You only need a small amount of each micronutrient.
All I can tell you, you need extra micronutrients on a low-carb keto diet. Indeed, the keto diet is a diuretic.
This means you flush a lot of these nutrients with all the water you drink.
So this peanut butter granola ball recipe is perfect for reloading your micronutrient levels.
More Keto No-Bake Recipes
If you love keto no-bake recipes, I recommend trying:
Enjoy the recipe, and if you made them, don’t forget to share a pic with me on Instagram before you dig in!
Keto Energy Balls
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- 1 cup Sliced Almonds
- ¼ cup Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 2 tablespoon Flaxseed Meal
- ¼ cup Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ cup Sugar-free Chocolate Chips or dark chocolate chips >85% cocoa or cocoa nibs
- ½ cup Natural Peanut Butter smooth, unsalted
- ¼ cup Sugar-Free Maple Syrup or liquid sweetener of choice
- ¼ cup Sugar-free Chocolate Chips
- ½ teaspoon Coconut Oil
- In a large mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients, stir to combine, and set aside. Note: you can add the chocolate chips now, and they will melt in the next step giving a chocolate peanut butter flavor to the ball, or you can choose to add the chocolate chips after step 3 to keep the crunchy chocolate chips bites in the balls.
- In a small bowl, add the liquid ingredients: peanut butter and sugar-free liquid sweetener, and microwave for 45 seconds. This step will soften the peanut butter making it easier to combine with the dry ingredients. Don't over-warm.
- Pour the liquid ingredients onto the dry ingredients, and combine using a spatula until it forms a sticky batter that you can easily shape into granola balls. If you didn't add the chocolate chips in step 1, stir in now.
- Slightly grease your hands with coconut oil, grab some dough and roll the granola balls. I recommend a 'golf ball' size to make 12 granola balls in total with this batter.
- Roll the prepared granola balls in extra sliced almonds if you like to add some crunch on the sides. Place the granola ball on a plate that you have covered with parchment paper – this prevents the ball from sticking to the plate.
- Repeat the rolling process until you form 12 granola balls.
- Place the plate in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up the granola balls. Meanwhile, melt the extra chocolate chips with coconut oil.
- Remove the plate from the freezer, and drizzle some melted chocolate on top of each granola ball. Place the plate in the freezer again for 5 minutes to set the chocolate drizzle.
- Store up to 3 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container or up to 10 days in the pantry in a cookie jar.
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Ingredients:AlmondsChia SeedsChocolate ChipsCoconutCoconut OilFlaxseed MealPeanut ButterSugar-free Maple Syrup
Preparation:Under 20 Minutes
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I already made these several times. One of my favorite Keto treats. They are also good for my husband with gout issues as all the ingredients used are gout friendly.I used freshly grounded peanut butter(no adds preservatives or sugar)from health food store. Thank you for this great recipe! So delicious!
This is the 2nd time I’ve made them…they repeated perfect and are again awesome. I have one after I workout. Thank you!!!
I made them today and they turned out perfect. Thank you for such a brilliant and easy recipe. Proper comfort food! Vraiment delicieux 🙂
Thank you very much! Merci
Sounds delicious and I can’t wait to give them a whirl…I would suggest proof reading your articles before you put them out in the world!
Thanks Selina, I am sorry if you have didn’t enjoy my writing. Note that I am French and English is my third language. I write my recipe ideas for free on this blog as a passion, for fun, as a mum eating low carb for 7 years now. I really do my best with English but unfortunately can’t do better. Enjoy the recipe, XOXO Carine
Hi I followed your recipie to the letter and instead of your wonderful looking balls I have a pile of sticky mess and a lot of expensive ingredients wasted. The mixture would not stick together no matter what I did it just disintegrated even after being in the freezer. Not happy I can’t even re use this pile of sticky mess☹️
I am sorry to hear that. If it is sticky and it doesn’t hold together it means it is too wet and you are missing some fiber to absorb moisture. This can happen if your flaxmeal is thick and can’t absorb liquid. You can always adjust raw balls adding more flaxmeal 1 tbsp at a time, it will absorb extra liquid and hold things together. Also keep in mine that raw baking is always a bit sticky, not liquid, you should be able to roll balls. You can slightly rub your hands with coconut oil before rolling balls. I hope you get better result next time.
How much flaked coconut Carine? (I’m making them right now and don’t see the amount in your recipe????)
Hello! There is no coconut in this recipe, you can add some but it is sliced almonds that I use. I hope you enjoy the recipe. XOXO Carine.
Is Agave a good substitute for liquid sweetener?
Hi, Agave is full of fructose and sugar so I don’t recommend this liquid sweetener. On low carb keto diet the only liquid sweetener allowed is Monk fuit syrup, it has no sugar no carbs and taste like maple syrup. Enjoy the recipe, XOXO Carine
Your pictures and video of this recipe shows that you’re using shredded coconut?
Yes, I am using unsweetened desiccated coconut not sure why you can’t see this in the dry ingredients. I used 1/4 cup. Enjoy the granola balls. XOXO Carine.