About This Breakfast Fuel Bombs Recipe
Who knew a snack could have so many synonyms? Fuel bombs, protein balls, energy bites, the list goes on and on. Whatever you call them, one thing is for certain — these protein bombs filled with healthy fats are quick and easy bites to have as snacks or on the go.
When you exercise, your body first burns through all your carbohydrates stores, and then it needs fat. Healthy fat, that is. This recipe encompasses slow-releasing energy from carbs, such as rolled oats, and healthy fats from the seeds and cashew butter. Cashew nut butter is also a good source of magnesium, B vitamins, iron, and potassium.
While store-bought protein bars may be convenient, but these fresh, homemade raw protein bombs with no preservatives are so much better for you. They’re very quick and super low-effort, just let the food processor do the work for you. You can even make them in batches and add these into your weekly meal prep!
What You Need for This Breakfast Fuel Bombs Recipe
- Almond Flour: Also called almond meal or ground almond depending on where you are in the world. It is made by crushing, shredding, or blending sweet almonds into a fine crumb that closely resembles cornmeal.
- Rolled Oats: Rolled oats are lightly processed oat groats that have been de-husked, steamed, and flattened into flakes before being lightly toasted. Oats also offer tonnes of health benefits. They can help with inflammation, soothe skin, and promote healthy bacteria in your gut!
- Desiccated Coconut: Coconut in this form has been shredded and dried. A fantastic source of healthy fat, coconut also imparts an additional texture to these breakfast bombs.
- Chia Seeds: These edible seeds of the Salvia Hispanica plant, a member of the mint family, can not only lower cholesterol but when used in a dish like porridge they swell and absorb the liquid, giving a hearty punch of flavor!
- Mixed Seeds: This recipe uses a mixture of sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds, but you really can use any seeds you like.
- Raw Cacao Powder: Cacao powder is made from fermented beans and is not roasted or processed like cocoa powder.
- Cashew Butter: Made from roasted cashew nuts, this nut butter has a similar consistency to thick peanut butter and adds a wonderful depth of flavor to the recipe.
- Vanilla Extract: Made by macerating vanilla pods and soaking them in a solution of water and ethanol, vanilla extract is an easy solution to add to any recipe.
- Honey: A wonderful natural sweetener, its viscous nature also helps bind the mixture together.
- Oat Milk: Milk made from Oats. Of course, you can use other plant-based milk for this recipe, but oat milk will marry the natural toasty flavors of the rolled oats.
- Raw Dark Chocolate: Raw chocolate is often made by blending cocoa butter and cocoa powder together with natural sweeteners such as agave syrup or coconut butter to create a creamy texture. It’s not as processed as the commercial milk chocolate you find in the supermarket.
- Rolled Oats: You can of course use regular porridge oats or fine oatmeal if it’s what you have available. Substitute the rolled oats with the same amount as your chosen oats.
- Cashew Butter: You can substitute the nut butter for any other type. Peanut butter is a staple in most households. Almond butter would also marry the other flavors of the ingredients beautifully.
- Vanilla Extract: Almond or lemon extract would also work fantastically in this recipe.
- Honey: Any natural sweetener like maple or agave syrup will work wonderfully in this recipe. Just substitute the honey for the same amount.
- Oat Milk: You can use any plant-based milk of your choice. Almond milk would work brilliantly.
My cashew butter has separated in the jar, is that normal?
Absolutely. The oil in the nut butter often splits, simply give it a stir and proceed with the recipe!
I don’t have raw cacao powder, can I use cocoa powder instead?
Yes! It’ll work exactly the same in terms of consistency if you substitute cocoa powder for raw cacao powder in equal amounts.
Does this recipe need the seeds?
Yes. The seeds add a lot of fiber to the recipe and help bind these breakfast bombs together. Without the seeds, the mixture may be a little sloppy.
Breakfast Fuel Bombs
These protein bombs filled with healthy fats are quick and easy bites to have for snacks, as breakfast, or even a dessert. Filled with nutrients, healthy carbs, and fats, these are the perfect pre-workout snack for a boost in energy!
Yield: 12 balls
How To Make Breakfast Fuel Bombs Step By Step
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until the mixture comes together. If you prefer less firm balls, you can add oat milk along with the other ingredients.
Empty the paste into a small container and refrigerate until firm (20-30 minutes).
Remove from the fridge and divide into 12 equal pieces, roll into balls using the palms of your hand, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
Meanwhile, melt your chocolate in the microwave in short bursts, stirring in between.
Dip each protein ball into the chocolate and place them back on the parchment with the chocolate side facing upwards.
Sprinkle with sea salt flakes and place them back into the refrigerator until the chocolate has set.
- It’s best to store these in an air-tight container in the fridge. They will also hold up in packed lunches or on the move while you’re out and about.
- If your protein balls are too crumbly, you can add more honey, plant-based milk, or even a dash of water.