Pina Colada Energy Balls plated with whole pineapple behind plate.

Pina Colada Energy Balls with Fresh Pineapple

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When it comes to energizing snacks, nothing beats the convenience and deliciousness of energy balls. These bite-sized treats are not only a great source of quick energy but can also satisfy your sweet cravings in a healthier way. If you’re a fan of tropical flavors, get ready for a flavor-filled journey as we introduce you to our delightful Pina Colada Energy Balls with fresh pineapple.

If you like these summery energy balls, you’ll love my Lemon Blueberry ones too.

Pina Colada Energy Ball Ingredients

Pineapple

Pineapple is not only a refreshing and juicy tropical fruit; it also boasts an impressive nutritional profile. Rich in vitamin C, manganese, and antioxidants, pineapple supports a healthy immune system, aids digestion, and promotes skin health.

Vitamin C is essential for immune health, iron absorption, and growth and development, while manganese offers antioxidant properties and aids in growth and metabolism

“Pineapple: 8 Impressive Health Benefits” by Lisa Wartenberg, MFA, RD, LD & Ryan Raman, MS, RD, Healthline.com

In this recipe, use fresh or canned. If using fresh, chop finely. If buying in the can, get the crushed in juice. Either way, be sure to squeeze the excess juice from the pineapple in a tea towel.

Pina colada energy ball ingredients.
Use fresh pineapple or canned for this recipe, just be sure to squeeze out the juice.

If you like pineapple, you’ll love these Hummingbird Muffins.

Coconut

You can’t have pineapple without the coconut in Pina Coladas. Coconut adds a chewy element to these energy balls that I love. Use unsweetened coconut for a healthier ball.

Macadamia Nuts & Orange Zest

Macadamia nuts are loaded with antioxidants. According to an article at Healthline.com, “10 Health Benefits of Macadamia Nuts” by Alina Petre MS, RD:

Macadamia nuts are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, yet low in carbs and sugar. What’s more, they boast healthy monounsaturated fats.

Alina Petre, MS RD

Orange Zest is an added nudge of tropical flavors. If you don’t want to mess with zest, just omit. However, I find it gives these energy balls a delightful kiss of citrus.

Nut Butter & Honey

Use any nut butter you prefer in these energy balls. I like them with almond butter, but peanut or cashew would work too. Kudos if you can source macadamia nut butter.

I love to add honey to my energy balls. After all, it is nature’s sweetener. Maple syrup can be subbed as well.

Oats & Flax

Oats offer a heart healthy carb, while flaxseed is high in omega-3s, protein, and fiber. Both act as a binder for these tropical balls.

Ready in 15-Minutes

These Pina Colada Energy Balls with Fresh Pineapple are ready in 15-minutes, require no cooking, and your kids can help (if you have the energy for it). They are as easy as this:

  1. Whisk wet ingredients together.
  2. Dump in dry ingredients.
  3. Stir, roll into balls, and enjoy!

One important step with these Pina Colada energy balls with fresh pineapple, is to squeeze out the juice from the pineapple. To do this, take a clean tea towel (other towels could leave lint), place chopped pineapple in the middle, gather the corners at the top, twist the towel, ringing out the juice.

If you don’t ring out the juice, you’ll have soggy balls. No one likes soggy balls.

Tropical pina colada energy balls rolled up and ready to be enjoyed.
A quick and easy 15-minute healthy snack.

Substitutions

  • Almonds for macadamia nuts
  • Dried Pineapple for fresh or canned
  • Chia Seeds for flax
  • Peanut Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter for almond butter
  • Maple Syrup for honey

More Energy Ball Recipes

Lemon Blueberry

OG PB

Double Chocolate Cherry

Apple Cinnamon

Pumpkin Cranberry

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Pina Colada Energy Balls plated with whole pineapple behind plate.

Pina Colada Energy Balls with Fresh Pineapple

Sara Walkenbach
The tropical flavors of summer are packed into these delicious and nutritious energy balls. They are the perfect sweet treat for on the go or relaxing by the pool.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Servings 24 balls
Calories 91 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Cookie Scoop

Ingredients
  

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Almond Butter or any nut butter
  • 1/4 cup Raw Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 8oz can Pineapple-crushed (or 1/3 cup fresh chopped) juice squeezed out & discarded

Dry Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups Oats old fashion or quick
  • 1/4 cup Flaxseed milled
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Flakes unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup Macadamia Nuts chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt optional
  • Zest of 1 orange optional

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together nut butter, honey, and vanilla.
  • If using canned pineapple, drain pineapple. Dump pineapple (canned or if using fresh) onto tea towel. Gather tips of towel together at the top, twist towel, ringing out the excess juice. Place pineapple in bowl with other wet ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the dry ingredients to the wet. Stir until combined.
  • Roll into balls using a cookie scoop or spoon. Refrigerate and enjoy.

Video

Notes

Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.
These can be frozen in an air-tight container for up to 90 days.
Dried pineapple can be used instead of fresh.
If you don’t squeeze out all the excess juice, they will get soggy. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1ballCalories: 91kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 26mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 0.2IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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