These fruity, low carb 5-ingredient almond energy balls with quinoa and pineapple make a fantastic healthy snack. These no bake energy balls will satisfy your sugar cravings without too many calories!
If you love snacking on nuts or dried fruit then you will love these simple pineapple, quinoa and almond energy balls. This recipe combines quinoa, almonds and sweet, tangy pineapple for a delicious, energy boosting high protein snack.
How to make healthy almond energy balls
This is a minimalist, super easy recipe, and with a little preparation it takes minutes to put together. To save time I recommend cooking the quinoa ahead. Boil the quinoa according to packaging instructions (it only takes about 15 minutes to cook), and once cooled completely refrigerate it, covered, for up to 2 days.
To make these quinoa almond energy balls simply place the ingredients in a food processor and puree until well combined and sticky. The almonds do not need to be pureed into a paste - it's ok to still see bits of crushed almonds in the mixture. Do not overblend as the mixture might become too runny. Make small balls and coat in crushed almond flakes. If possible chill these energy balls for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Storing almond quinoa energy balls
Keep these raw quinoa balls refrigerated, covered for up to 2 days.
We know that quinoa is a high protein seed. Well, turns out almonds have even more protein than quinoa (21g per 100g of almonds). Even the dried pineapple contains some protein! So this low sugar snack is a really fantastic source of plant protein!
Can I use pineapple juice instead of orange juice
You might be wondering why I used orange juice rather than pineapple juice in this protein balls recipe. I find pineapple juice slightly bitter so orange juice simply worked better in this recipe. (Use a sweet, rather than sour tasting orange).
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Pineapple, Quinoa and Almond Energy Balls
- 150 g blanched almonds
- 150 g dried pineapple chopped
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa loosely packed
- 6-7 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice use a sweet tasting orange
- 4-6 tbsp crushed almond flakes for coating
- Combine the blanched almonds, pineapple, half of the quinoa and 6 tablespoons of the juice. Blend until the mixture becomes moist and thick but it's perfectly ok to still see bits of crushed almonds in the mixture. Be careful not to overblend as the mixture might become too runny.
- Remove from the blender, add the rest of the quinoa and stir thoroughly. You may want to add another spoonful of the orange juice if the mixture is too thick. Form the balls and roll in crushed almond flakes. Sprinkle some water on your hands (as you are forming the balls) to prevent the mixture from sticking to them.
- Roll the balls in almond flakes and pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
*Nutritional information is automatically generated and should be considered as an estimate.
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