I was so happy when energy balls started to flood the market and were available at all the Italian markets that surround my office building. For once they had a treat…and a really good treat, energy balls that were gluten and dairy-free.
There are many recipes but for the most part the base of the ball itself is nut butters and added seeds and nuts, making them dairy-free and gluten-free, or at least for the most part.
But then I found the ketogenic diet and even those went out the window for me. Just my luck! I felt the same way when I learned Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen Daz now have dairy-free ice cream treats. I keep missing the boat, but I’d say I am winning now that I found the ketogenic diet. Definitely winning and losing… losing fat that is – on this way of eating.
The energy ball that I am replicating in this recipe consists of peanut butter, oats, honey, chocolate chips, vanilla and flax seeds. Pretty clean and simple ingredients, however, the oats and the honey put it way over on the carbohydrate count. So what do I do? Like every other recipe out there, it can easily be made keto, so I did!
Scroll down below for the Low-Carb Energy Balls Recipe.
I tried to keep these low-carb energy balls with simple ingredients that are similar to the original recipe profile. The base is peanut butter but to replace the oats I filled this recipe with hemp seeds and some chia seeds.
If you want to make this recipe nut free, try sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter. Seed butters are an amazing alternative to nut butters.
Hemp and chia seeds are perfect to add into ketogenic recipes because they have such a high fiber content in them, so the net carbs are fantastic! I use Hemp Seeds in place of oatmeal in a lot of my recipes, including meatballs if you can believe it or not. If you have not seen my recipe for No-Oatmeal Cookies, check it out here.
As you may know if you follow my recipes, I am dairy-free, so I am always using dairy-free ingredients, which means that coconut oil always shows up in my recipes, including my mashed cauliflower (I know, I know! doesn’t sound too appealing), I have been eating it for so long that I can’t even taste the coconut anymore, but my husband and step-children can.
What you can do to avoid coconut in this recipe is just swap the coconut oil for butter OR you could use refined coconut oil also. You most definitely have options.
The traditional recipe calls for honey, however, “honey” sugar-free sweetener is not the easiest to find. I buy mine from Nature’s Hollow in Canada online, but I don’t think it is the easiest to source, so I made this recipe with sugar-free maple syrup which is most definitely easy to find. I know that ChocZero, Lakanto and Nature’s Hollow all make a pretty clean product that is ketogenic lifestyle approved.
Sugar Alcohols are a personal preference on a ketogenic and low-carb lifestyle. Because they are processed in your body differently than other carbohydrates, people on a low-carb or ketogenic diet can subtract them from their total carb count, so they are not used in their total carbs for the day.
Although I do reduce them from my carb count, I am still very much aware of how many sugar alcohols I am consuming and often if my weight loss has stalled, I find that if I cut them out, my weight will move downward.
To avoid sugar alcohols you can use Cacao Nibs or a 90% dark chocolate and break up into tiny pieces, or find sugar-free chocolate that is made with stevia and remove the sugar-free maple syrup from the recipe altogether.
Low-Carb Energy Balls Recipe
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 3/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp liquid stevia
- 2 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips
- Place all ingredients except the chocolate chips in an electric mixer and mix on low until a consistent batter is formed, now add in chocolate chips and mix until chocolate chips are consistently throughout the batter
- Roll into 20 balls and place on plate or baking sheet and place in the refrigerator or freezer and let set – once cooled all the way through, remove from the refrigerator or freezer and place cookies in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag and store in freezer or refrigerator.
Calories: 122 | Fat: 9 grams | Whole Carbs: 6 grams | Sugar Alcohols: 1 gram | Fiber: 3 grams | Net Carbs: 2 grams | Protein 5 grams