Mulberry-Hemp Energy Balls

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This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield and  Navitas Naturals. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me creative in my tiny kitchen!

These bites are jam-packed full of protein & superfoods – perfect for an energy boost when you’re on-the-go.

Mulberry-Hemp Energy Balls

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making power-packed snacks like this for a while now. So when Stonyfield teamed up with Navitas Naturals, a family-owned green business that specializes in organic superfoods from around the world, I knew that the time had come.

I’ve been a fan of several of their products for years now, and sprinkle things like their chia seeds, goji berries and coconut chips on top of my yogurt parfaits pretty often. I hadn’t tried their mulberries or hemp seeds yet, so I was excited to give ’em a shot!

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Dried mulberries may just be my new favorite snack. They’re mildly berry flavored with just the right amount of sweetness and are a source of plant-based protein. They are packed with vitamin C, fiber and iron, and contain nine essential amino acids.

Hemp has a mild nutty flavor and is a great source of balanced omegas and minerals. It includes all of the essential amino acids, is one of the best veggie sources of protein and is easy for the body to digest and assimilate.

Mulberry-Hemp Energy Balls

I packed a lot of other goodies from my pantry into these energy balls, including rolled oats, peanut butter, honey, sunflower seeds, protein powder and flax seeds. Talk about a nutritional powerhouse!

I wanted to try making icing out of protein powder thinned out with yogurt instead of the typical powdered sugar and milk. It worked out beautifully! Just keep adding yogurt until it reaches the consistency you like.

You could dip the tops of these in the icing, or do like I did and pipe it on in a fun design. Or even go all Jackson Pollock and splatter it around with a fork. Whatever strikes your fancy!

Mulberry-Hemp Energy Balls

These turned out so great – my family loved them! And they keep well in the fridge for several days, too. Bonus! They’re a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt of a typical dessert.

Keep these refrigerated until you’re ready to eat them so they hold together well. If you want to pack them in your lunchbox, just make sure to put an ice pack in next to them.

Mulberry-Hemp Energy Balls

Mulberry-Hemp Energy Balls

Makes about 26 energy balls

Mulberry-Hemp Energy Balls

These bites are jam-packed full of protein & superfoods - perfect for an energy boost when you're on-the-go.

Ingredients

Protein Balls:
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup dried mulberries
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds

Icing:
3 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
2-4 tablespoons plain yogurt (I used 2 1/2 tablespoons Stonyfield Smooth & Creamy Lowfat)

Instructions

  1. Make Protein Balls: Mix all ingredients (oats through flax seeds) together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Make Icing: In a small bowl, whisk together protein powder and as much yogurt as you need to get it to a smooth but firm consistency.
  3. Form chilled dough mixture into balls (I used a 1 tablespoon scoop). Drizzle, dip or pipe icing on top and return to the refrigerator until the icing has set. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Notes

Original Recipe by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

http://bigflavorstinykitchen.com/mulberry-hemp-energy-balls/

Mulberry-Hemp Energy Balls: These bites are jam-packed full of protein & superfoods – perfect for an energy boost when you’re on-the-go.