Crunchy Paleo caveman's balls are a delicious dairy-free chocolate sweet treat, but only 1g net carbs each.
They're quick to make and there are plenty of other flavor ideas too.
So stop buying those bliss balls packed with dried fruit (dried sugar) and make these bad boys instead!
Are energy balls keto?
No, most energy balls, protein balls and bliss balls are not keto. They are made with dried fruit and sometimes sugar such as honest or coconut sugar.
Most Paleo balls, energy balls or energy bites are traditionally made with Medjool dates or other dried fruit in the false belief that makes it sugar-free. Dried fruit is incredibly high in sugar. So next time you read dried fruit, just think of dried sugar.
All that sugar will kick you out of ketosis and ruin your macros for the day. Not sure what your macros are and how to count macros? You can use the macro calculator to get started with a low-carb diet or keto diet.
They are little balls of happiness made with healthy fats, nuts, coconut and chia nut butters and chia seeds.
So if you are at the beginning of your keto diet and still craving sugar, these are perfect to have on hand. Keep some in the freezer for when you need a little energy and chocolate.
- Nut butter - I like to use almond butter or peanut butter, but you can equally substitute this for seed butter such as tahini.
- Coconut oil - this makes the energy bites melt in the mouth. Coconut oil melts at warm room temperatures and as soon as you bite into them.
- Shredded/desiccated coconut - make sure you read the nutrition label to ensure your coconut is sugar-free.
- Cocoa - make sure you buy the baking cocoa not the drinking cocoa which has added sugar.
- Chia seeds - these tiny little seeds swell and absorb liquid to help to hold the bliss balls together. They have protein and are high in fibre. Chia seeds can also be used for drinks, sugar free berry jam and make-ahead chia breakfasts (or breakfast meal prep).
- Sweetener - I like to use the granulated sweetener to give the balls a little extra crunch, but you can easily substitute for powdered sugar-free sweetener too.
- Coconut flour - to help hold everything together.
- Cinnamon - for flavor. See all the other flavor options below.
I try to make all of my recipes as adaptable as possible. With these Caveman's Balls you can change the nut butter to whichever nut butter you like the most - almond, tahini etc, add flavours such as orange zest, mint, almond essence and roll in coconut, crushed pistachios, or cocoa.
In this version, I added ground cinnamon to the balls. But you could easily substitute it for these flavors instead.
- Ginger - if you like it spicy
- Vanilla - for a sweet chocolate vanilla flavor
- Chili - just a pinch to make chocolate chilli balls
- Cardamom - for an exotic punch of flavor
- Coffee - to make mocha energy balls
- Crushed walnuts, chopped almonds or crushed macadamia nuts
You need to store these keto energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge or a very cool part of your kitchen.
The coconut oil used in this recipe is very temperature dependant. If it is a cooler month, you can probably leave these out of the fridge, if it is warm inside, then you'll need to keep them in the fridge to remain firm, set and solidify into energy balls.
More balls and truffles
Here are a selection of other sweet treats that are low carb, no added sugar and grain free.
Caveman's Balls (keto energy balls)
- Blend all the ingredients together in the food processor or use a stick blender with the blade attachment.
- Roll into balls and place on a plate.
- Refrigerate then roll in coconut, nuts or cocoa powder.
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