Bowl full of apple cinnamon energy balls

Easy Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls with Fresh Apple

In Brunch, Desserts & Drinks, Snacks by sarawalkenbach2 Comments

‘Tis the season for all things APPLE! Apples are such a delicious and nutritious fruit to eat. This recipe combines apples with nut butter, oats, seeds, spice… everything nice. These easy Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls will be your go to Fall snack.

Bowl full of apple cinnamon energy balls
Fresh apple, nuts, and spices make these the perfect snack.

Apple Cinnamon Energy Ball Ingredients

Apples

Crisp, sweet, tart, AND good for you! Apples are where it’s at. Eat them whole, in baked goods, sauteed, in apple sauce, cubed up in a salad… so many options!

According to 8 Impressive Health Benefits of Apples, written by Ariane Lang, BSc, MBA and Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD for Healthline.com, apples are full of nutritious properties.

  • High in Vitamin C
  • Contains Antioxidants like Vitamin E
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • High in Fiber

Grating the apple ensures there will be apple bits all through out these energy balls.

If you like apples, you’ll love my Apple Turkey Wrap with Cream Cheese.

Oats

Oats are a whole grain, making it a good source for carbs and fiber.

Nut Butter

Healthy fat helps hold these energy balls together. Besides being tasty, they also contain:

  • Protein – helps your body repair and make new cells
  • Fiber – improves digestive health
  • Vitamins & Minerals – boosts the immune system, helps your body grow & work properly

Choose peanut, almond, sunflower or pecan butter for these apple cinnamon energy balls.

apple cinnamon energy ball ingredients.
This recipe has hemp seeds and walnuts, but use which ever nuts and seeds you like.

If you like this recipe, you’ll love Green Chili Crustless Quiche. They can be made in muffin cups for a grab and go breakfast.

Honey

Nature’s sweetener, raw honey is a better alternative to white sugar for many reasons. According to 8 Raw Honey Benefits to Health, an article by By Rena Goldman and Catherine Clark at Healthline.com:

“Most of the honey you find in grocery stores is pasteurized. The high heat kills unwanted yeast, can improve the color and texture, removes any crystallization, and extends the shelf life. However, many of the beneficial nutrients are also destroyed in the process.”

Rena Goldman and Catherine Clark at Healthline.com

Opt for the raw version of honey for these health benefits:

  • Good source of Antioxidant
  • Aids in Digestion
  • Contains Amino Acids & Enzymes
  • Soothes a Sour Throat.

Seeds & Nuts

A little texture makes an energy ball. Nuts and seeds add that crunch. There are so many nuts and seeds that go with apples:

  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Flax Seeds

In this apple cinnamon energy ball recipe I use walnuts, hemp seeds, and flax seeds. However, choose whichever nuts and seeds you like, or have on hand.

Spices

Cinnamon and apples goes together like Johnny & June. In these balls you will find cinnamon and ginger. Nutmeg and clove are also excellent with apples.

If you like the peanut butter and apple combo, try my Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies.

Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls made with fresh apples
Fall flavors wrapped up in a delightful ball.

Need an easy and tangy appetizer, try my Bite-Size Goat Cheese Balls.

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls

These balls are such an easy snacks to make. They generally take 15 minutes.

  1. Start by whisking together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside.
  2. Whisk together the nut butter, honey, and vanilla, in a medium bowl.
  3. Grate apple over a tea towel, gather corners of towel and wring out the juice of the apple in a small bowl, discard or use later.
  4. Mix grated apple into wet ingredients. This prevents browning.
  5. Stir together wet and dry ingredients until combined.
  6. Roll into balls, refrigerate, and enjoy!

Getting the Juice Out

The best part of wringing out the juice from fruits and veggies are the cocktails (or mocktails). Pair that fresh apple juice with an ounce of bourbon and cranberry seltzer water.

I use this squeezing method for cucumbers in tzatziki that goes with my Chicken Burgers in Pita Pockets recipe. Cucumber juice is delicious with gin or vodka. I like to mix in some seltzer water too.

close up of apple cinnamon energy balls
These Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls are packed full of delicious and nutritious ingredients.

If you like this full of flavor recipe, you’ll love my Spinach Salad with Easy Pesto Dressing. This spinach salad pairs great with Artichoke Chicken.

Why Make these Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls?

They are a healthy and nutritious snack! Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls will satisfy your sweet tooth and will keep you fuller longer. If you are on the Beachbody Container program (counting macros), they are 1/2 a yellow, and 1 teaspoon.

Do they need to be Refrigerated?

YES! With fresh apples inside, they will definitely need to be refrigerated. They are tasty stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Can Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls be Frozen?

Yes! Make a double batch, and stick half in the freezer for next week. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. Keep them refrigerated. Once frozen, they will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

More Energy Ball Recipes

Classic Peanut Butter

Lemon Blueberry Energy Balls

Pumpkin Energy Balls

And if you need more chocolate in your life, try these Fudgy Brownie Bites.

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Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls made with fresh apples

Easy Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls with Fresh Apple

sarawalkenbach
These delightful balls have the Fall Flavors and pack a healthy punch. They are made with fresh apple, nut butter, honey, nuts, seeds and spices.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16 energy balls
Calories 112 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Box Grater
  • 1 Tea Towel
  • 1 small cookie scoop optional

Ingredients
  

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 small to medium Apple your favorite variety
  • 1/3 cup Peanut Butter or other Nut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup Oats quick or old fashion
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts or Pecans chopped
  • 3 tbsp Golden Raisins or Dried Cranberries or both
  • 3 tbsp Hemp Seeds or Chia
  • 2 tbsp Flax Seeds ground
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger optional
  • 1/4 tsp Salt a few pinches

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl whisk together peanut butter, honey, vanilla.
  • Place a clean tea towel under the box grater. Grate apple. Gather corners of towel, twist together. In a separate bowl, wring the moisture out of the apple. (Discard or drink juice.) Then, stir grated apple into the wet mixture to prevent browning.
  • In a medium size bowl add in dry ingredients. Whisk to incorporate. Stir dry ingredients into the wet until incorporated. Using a small cookie scoop or spoon, roll into balls.
  • Refrigerate energy balls, then enjoy!

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Notes

Refrigerate balls for up to 5 days.
These balls freeze well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ballCalories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 61mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 15 minute snack, apple cinnamon, Energy Balls made with fresh apple, gourmet peanut butter sandwich, healthy snack, nuts & seeds
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These energy balls are a perfect fall treat!!! I love how Sara takes the time to research and share the healthy benefits of the ingredients making it not only about the tasty treat but about making a healthy choice!!

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