Low-Fat Cinnamon Energy Balls
These delicious, low-fat cinnamon energy balls require just 4 simple ingredients to make: medjool dates, oats, maple syrup and cinnamon. Loads of cinnamon flavour pairs perfectly with sea salt and hints of caramel from fresh, soft medjool dates. Bonus: they’re very low in fat with under 1 gram per serving and they make a healthy and energizing snack, breakfast or dessert. You can also crumble them up to make cookie dough bits for your next batch of vegan ice cream.
When I’m tracking macros, I find it helps to have snacks on hand that are made of up either just carbs or just fat. That way, if I need to get more of a particular macronutrient, it’s an easy way to do so and enjoy a little treat while I’m at it. My favourite snacks for this are basic oatmeal cookies, date balls and fat bombs. These Fat-Free Cinnamon Balls are mostly all carbohydrates so they’re perfect pre or post-workout as a sweet, little energizing treat.
That being said, macro-balanced and higher-protein snacks are great to have on hand too. My Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls are a good one for that. It just depends on what else I’m eating that day and what I feel like.
Nut-Free & Low-Fat
I love nuts and fats but depending on the day, I like having low-fat options too. Chances are all pair these with some healthy fats anyway. They’re especially delicious chopped up and used as a topping for smoothie bowls like my Salted Tahini Maca Smoothie. If you prefer a more balanced treat, try cutting these in half, adding a dab of almond butter or coconut butter and making a little mini energy ball sandwich. Uh, YUM.
I know some of you have nut allergies so I like sharing nut-free recipes from time to time. For more nut-free snacks you can try my Nut-Free Chewy Granola Bars or Nut-Free Gingerbread Energy Balls. Tahini, sunflower seeds, coconut butter, coconut, hemp seeds and sunflower seed butter are my favourite go-to nut replacements so you can always play around with those to make my other no-bake energy ball recipes nut-free if needed.
Easy Cinnamon Energy Balls
I made these cinnamon energy balls for my husband because he’s trying to gain muscle and has a ton of carbs to eat right now. These are helpful because they’re dense and he can easily pop a couple to get more carbs on-the-go. Aside from the nutrition, these little treats also taste amazing. If love caramel, cinnamon and sea salt, you will love these energy bites!
The dates give them a beautiful, caramel-esque flavour and the sweet maple syrup and cinnamon just take it next level. I used oats to hold it all together and for a low-fat, high-fiber source of energizing carbohydrates for. I’d highly recommend adding the sea salt, it really enhances the other flavours in these.
How to Make No-Bake Balls
You can make these in a high-speed blender or food processor. All you need to do is toss in all the ingredients, process until it forms a thick dough and then roll it into balls. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months or in the fridge for a week or so. They travel well so make a good snack to take on-the-go or keep them stashed away for a sweet treat in the evening. They’re also amazing crumbled or chopped up over oats, dairy-free yogurt, banana ice cream or smoothie bowls.
- naturally sweetened with no refined sugar
- fat-free (under 1 gram of fat per serving)
- 80 calories each with 18 grams carbohydrates, 1.7 grams protein each and 0.7 grams fat
- Add the oats to a high-speed blender or food processor and pulse a few times to break down a bit.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until it forms a thick dough.
- Roll into balls and store in the fridge.
- If your dates are very dry, soak them in just boiled water for 10 minutes and drain before using.
- I used 2 tbsp of cinnamon in this recipe but the flavour with 2 tbsp is quite intense. If you prefer, start with 1 tbsp, blend it up and taste the dough, then add more to taste.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 80
- Sugar: 9 g
- Fat: 0.7 grams
- Carbohydrates: 18 grams
- Protein: 1.7 grams
Keywords: nut-free, bites, healthy, no-bake