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 a 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 anyways. 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.
Low-Fat 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-fibre source of energizing carbohydrates for. I’d highly recommend adding the sea salt, it really enhances the other flavours in these.
How to Make These Sweet Treats
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 freeze 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
Low-Fat Cinnamon Energy Balls
- Yield: 20 balls
- 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
- Fat: 0.7 grams
- Carbohydrates: 18 grams
- Protein: 1.7 grams