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Banana Bread Energy Balls

These banana bread energy balls make for a deliciously sweet yet healthy snack. They’re filled with nutritious, good-for-you ingredients and are easy to throw together. Just toss everything into a food processor, roll the dough up, and that’s it!

What Are Energy Balls?

You’ve probably heard of bliss balls, protein balls, energy balls, and so on. Essentially, they’re all the same bite sized treats made from energy-boosting ingredients. From healthy fat to fiber to protein, they’ve got it all. Not to mention, they only takes 10 minutes to make.

It’s no wonder why everyone loves these energy balls. They make for a quick, portable snack that’s filling, energizing, and all around healthy. Even better, they taste like your favorite banana bread!

Banana Bread Energy Balls Recipe Video

Want to see how easy this recipe is to make? Just watch the video below!

The Power Of These Small, But Mighty Balls

While there’s endless flavor combinations, energy balls are typically made from a similar foundation. Here’s what you’ll find in them.

Healthy Fats: Energy balls usually have a base of nuts or seeds, which provides plenty of healthy fats. Such ingredients can be almonds, cashews, walnuts, or chia seeds.

Fiber: Aside from nuts and seeds, fresh and dried fruits are thrown into the mix – giving you a boost in fiber! This will help keep you full, promote good gut health, and help create a smooth digestive system.

Carbohydrates: With carbs being a main source of energy, oats or dates are prime ingredients for any balls. They’ll give you that boost in energy, making it great for an afternoon or pre-workout snack.

Protein: Protein comes naturally from the nuts being used such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, and more. Which means this is a great protein snack for vegans or vegetarians.

Ingredients for the banana bread energy balls in a food processor.

7 Ingredients You’ll Need

If you’ve made my paleo banana bread before, you’re in for a treat. These little energizing bites tastes just like a slice of banana bread. Here are the simple ingredients you’ll need to make them.

  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats: 2 cups
  • Ripe Bananas: 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • Almonds: 1/2 cup
  • Pecans: 1/2 cup
  • Maple Syrup: 1/3 cup
  • Ground Cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
  • Vanilla Extract: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1/4 teaspoon

Several energy balls on a counter next to a cookie scoop.

How to Make Banana Bread Energy Balls

These energy balls are as simple as can be. Plus they’re gluten-free, and vegan. So grab your food processor and cookie scoop, and let’s get started.

  1. Process. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and pulse the mixture for 10 seconds. Then scrape down the sides and blend again until the mixture is fairly smooth, with slight bit of texture.
  2. Roll. Scoop a ball using a medium cookie scoop and roll it in between your hands. Continue this process until you’ve used up all the dough.
  3. Enjoy. You can enjoy the balls right away or place them in a storage container.

Several banana bread energy balls on a counter next to a cookie scoop.

How To Store Energy Balls

The beauty of these energy balls is that they make for the perfect meal prep snack. All you need to do is store them in an airtight container. But you have the option of leaving them on the counter or storing in the fridge or freezer.

If you’d like to keep the balls a bit softer, leave them out at room temperature. For a more chilled and firmer texture, place them in the fridge. They will last for about 2 weeks either way.

Want to store them longer? Just place them in the freezer, and make sure to separate the balls with parchment or wax paper so they don’t stick together.

More Easy, On-The-Go Snacks

Need a snack for the road? Here’s a few ideas that can easily be bagged up and taken with you wherever you go!

4.95 from 18 votes

Banana Bread Energy Balls

Prep Time: 15 mins
Freeze Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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Banana bread energy balls are an easy, healthy snack that taste like your favorite banana bread recipe. Whip up a batch to enjoy throughout the week. Watch the video above to see how I make them!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana, from one medium banana
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a food processor and pulse the mixture for 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides, then blend again until the mixture is fairly smooth, with a slight bit of texture. The dough will likely start to roll around the food processor when it's blended enough.
  • Scoop a ball using a medium cookie scoop and roll it in between your hands. Then place it on a parchment lined plate or baking tray. Continue this process until you've used up all the dough.
  • Chill the balls for 30 minutes to firm up, then enjoy!

Lisa's Tips

  • If the balls don't hold together, it's likely the texture is too big. Just put it back in the food processor and pulse for a finer texture.
  • The balls will be a little soft when you first roll them, but they'll firm up as the oats absorb the maple syrup.
  • This is the cookie scoop I use and love.

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 38mg, Potassium: 117mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Bread Bliss Balls, Bliss Ball Recipe, Bliss Balls, Energy Balls
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45 comments on “Banana Bread Energy Balls”

  1. I love these yummy treats and i have used them mostly as my pre workout snack cuz its the perfect combination for that little boost😋💘

  2. Delicious recipe. I tried a half batch with a few fresh strawberries and a little more oats and they didn’t bind / come out as pretty but were very tasty too. 

  3. Hello, Lisa! I am new to the community of Downshiftology, but have already taken advantage of the delicious recipes and great health tips you have! I had a question about the energy balls: could I add a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to these? I wasn’t concerned about how it would taste, but I didn’t know if it would change the consistency of the mixture.

  4. Second times I’m making these Banana balls! Brought them to Yoga class and everybody asked for the recipe!
    I made them with cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds instead of pecans which are ridiculously expensive here in Luxemburg ! Thanks Lisa,
    Kind regards, Marie

    • Hi Marie- So glad everyone in your yoga class loved these energy balls :) And good tip on the cashew nuts!

  5. These are amazing, Lisa! My kids absolutely love them. My FIL can’t eat oats, do you think these would work with quinoa flakes? Or a different substitute for the oats? Thank you!

    • I haven’t tried these with quinoa flakes, but I think it might be able to work! You just need a dry and absorbing ingredient such as oats.

  6. I converted the recipie to metric and wonder how big the oats are if you only need 4 of them !
    4 old fashioned rolled oats. thanks for that chuckle :)

  7. This is now one of my favorite recipes! Thank you for making my life a little simpler.

  8. These are wonderful! Am I reading the calories per ball, correctly? Is it 106 calories per ball?  Thanks in advance.

  9. Delicious! I replaced the pecans with walnuts.
    May I ask: The nutrition info indicates one serving or the whole batch?
    Thank you.

  10. Made them this week, the whole family approves! Thanks you! Amazing recipes 

  11. Yummm, Yummm, Yummmmm! You did it again Lisa! These are delicious. I did have some trouble rolling them at first as they were sticky and crumbly. BUT I rinsed my hands in water in the sink and just shook them off and didn’t towel dry them, leaving them a bit wet. This made all the difference in the world! They were so easy to roll and pack into nice little balls and didn’t stick to my hands. Also, these ingredient to me just screamed to be toasted. So I did a bunch of them in the oven and just broiled them a bit until they were lightly toasted. OMG the aroma in the kitchen was amazing. The family did a taste test and we all preferred the toasted ones! Give it a try! I love the fact that you use maple syrup in so many recipes. I LOVE pure maple syrup! Keep it up Lisa!!!

    • Hi Jim- Yes, these are definitely sticky when you roll them so make sure to get them super compacted when rolling! But, I’m glad you and the whole family got to enjoy these. I love how you toasted them as well. I’ll have to try that next time :)

  12. I don’t have a food processor so I processed  the ingredients in a Blendtec blender.  They mixed up just fine but were very sticky. Even after refrigerating they are super soft and messy!  Could it be due to using a blendtec or possibly something else?  

    • Hi Heather – it sounds like maybe you just need a little more oats, or less maple syrup next time. It could be because the blender pulverized the oats to a finer texture.

  13. I just made them…so easy so delicious…i could eat the whole thing…and so sweet….just perfect. Ty! I love everything I make from your recipes

    • Hi Elvina- So great to hear! These little balls will be perfect anytime you’re craving for a banana bread flavor :)

  14. Really good! I let them sit in the fridge for 10 minutes in the food processor before scooping and rolling them, and that really helped make that part less messy.

  15. I just made them and they are PERFECT! Thanks for the recipe! I put some of them in the freezer, but after I had tried one I took them out again :-)

  16. Hi..

    I made these b banana balls..Yummy…
    And my granola bars are in the oven!!😊🤞they taste as good as they look
    Thanks Jody Xxx

  17. I love how easy these look and as you say, perfect as a snack while still being relatively healthy. They’d be great for after school.

  18. I made these this morning and they were so delicious. I used walnuts instead of pecans because that’s what I had at hand and they were great. Will try with pecan next time!

    • Walnuts are a delicious substitution for this recipe, but can’t wait for you to try the pecan version!

  19. These energy balls are cooking perfection! They seem so easy to make. I am gonna try them out with my nieces :)

  20. I love that the energy balls have the banana bread flavor, they sound so delicious and good for you.

  21. These energy balls sound fantastic. Cant wait to make them.

  22. Loved this recipe so much!