No-bake energy ball recipes

Spring break is upon us which means the weather is warming up and many adventures are to be had! But these adventures should be fueled by something more than just curiosity. Give this recipe a try: power-packed, bite-sized energy balls made from healthy ingredients and infused with Vitality™ essential oils. These no-bake energy balls are a perfect snack for hiking or camping, and they’re also kid-friendly!

Before we begin with the recipes, I do use essential oils for flavoring and theruputic benefits. There is a lot of mixed reviews on whether or not essential oils should be used internally, so let’s address that first.

Essential oils explained

Let’s start at the beginning. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts, with a single drop containing the equivalent constituents of several plants. So while the important benefits we find in nature are valuable and important, it’s also critical to remember that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. For instance, while we all need water every day to live and thrive, too much could lead to water toxicity. Similarly, using too much of an essential oil can result in negative effects. That’s why the directions on the label are so important; they maximize safety and the benefit of the oil, while minimizing any potential reactions.

essential oils you can ingest

This begs the question, however: Which essential oils are safe to ingest? You always want to make sure that the essential oils you choose to use internally are the purest available and that they come from plants that are safe for human consumption. Fortunately, Young Living (the only company I use and trust with ANY essential oil whether I use it internally or not) has a line of essential oils specifically labeled for internal use with directions on how to do so safely. There’s no difference in purity and authenticity when it comes to their Vitality™ oils and our topical/aromatic oils, but their Vitality line is clearly labeled for internal use.

Click here to find out where I purchase my essential oils that are safe for ingestion.

Tangerine Burst Chocolate Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 14
Ingredients 32 pitted dates
½ cup quick oats
¼ cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
¼ cup coconut flour
12 drops Tangerine Vitality™ essential oil

Instructions
Process dates in a food processor until they form a thick paste. Mix in oats, hemp seeds, cocoa powder, coconut flour, and Tangerine Vitality essential oil. The mixture should form a firm dough. Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll dough into bite-sized balls. Roll balls in cocoa. Store in an airtight container.

Fruit’n’Oats Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 14
Ingredients
32 apricots
1 cup wolfberries
½ cup oat flour
2 drops Grapefruit Vitality™ essential oil
¼ cup quick oats

Instructions
Process apricots in a food processor until they form a thick paste. Chop wolfberries, add to the apricot mixture, and process. Mix in oat flour, Grapefruit Vitality essential oil, and oats. The mixture should form a firm dough. Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll into bite-sized balls. Store in an airtight container.

Lemon-Basil Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 14
Ingredients 32 pitted dates
½ cup dried strawberries
2 tablespoons chia seeds
½ cup quick oats
1 drop Basil Vitality™ essential oil
4 drops Lemon Vitality essential oil


Instructions
Process dates and strawberries in a food processor until they form a thick paste. Mix in chia seeds, oats, and Vitality oils. The mixture should form a firm dough. Using a medium cookie dough scoop, roll into bite-sized balls. Store in an airtight container.

Click here to find out where I purchase my essential oils that are safe for ingestion.