There’s a new trend developing within the fitness community…
That trend is a way of making delicious cookies called energy balls…
They don’t just taste ridiculous in a good way, they contain ingredients that can bring you an edge in your fitness goals.
By supplementing vital elements of nutrition which your body needs for building healthy muscle, energy balls are like a vehicle to deliver your workout supplements in a way that’s creative and delicious.
So how does one make a batch of energy balls, you ask?
The question is not always just one simple recipe, as different fitness buffs who are in the know will mix up the ingredients depending on what sort of body enhancement fits their purpose.
For instance, energy balls can be made to be a pre-workout energy booster, an after session recovery formula, a muscle gaining enhancement or much more.
Aside from just the variations in supplements, there is still the fun part of how to blend certain ingredients to actually taste good, and therein stands limitless spins on just what the perfect energy ball should taste like.
Everyone will have the flavours that suit them.
For instance, you could do a chocolate chip energy ball…
You could do a strawberry and almond butter crunch ball…
a maple brown sugar with apple and cinnamon ball…
a peanut butter crunch ball…
the list can go on as long as new ideas can be created.
Now that you are more familiar with what an energy ball is, (and probably a bit more hungry now too,)
We’ll give you one of our very own favourite recipes which we call the “Vanilla energy explosion.”
We call it that because of it’s explosive vanilla taste and it’s formula for explosive style fitness training.
The magic ingredient is creatine monohydrate, a substance which is known to fuse with the RNA structures of your body and create a reactive process called muscle synthesis.
That means that scientists have analyzed the natural process by which the body builds muscle, made record of the chemical process that takes place, observed the conditions in the levels of various elements of the process in which muscle synthesis is at its peak, and finally created a supplement that actually triggers muscles to produce more tissues and denser muscle mass.
I’ll spare you too much of a science lesson, as I’m sure we are all more interested in the cookie making part of this right now.
There is plenty of information out there which is easily found on creatine monohydrate. Let’s get cooking!
You will need:
- 1 cups rolled oats
- roughly two scoops vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 T chia seeds
- 1/3 cup smooth almond butter. Sunflower butter or peanut butter work well also
- 2 T organic honey
- 1 1/3 tsp vanilla concentrate
- 1 / 2 cup blueberries (fresh or dried are both fine.)
- 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- milk or milk alternative such as almond milk
- 1 tbs dark roasted coffee beans, ground as fine as possible (optional)
- 2 tbsp spiced rum
- Creatine Monohydrate (your own amount should be determined based on your goals)
So before we begin the instructions on what to do with this stuff, we should say that it is incredibly easy, but will also require your own dabbling and experiment with the amounts and measurements of ingredients to get it just right.
The first thing you’ll do is combine all the ingredients except for the milk in a large bowl and mix it thoroughly.
Next, you’ll want to slowly start adding the milk.
You’ll slowly continue to add milk and mix it in gradually until it starts to become a sticky paste.
There are several schools of thought on how to mix it all up, but we personally prefer the old school method of getting our hands dirty!
You will know it’s ready for the next step when it becomes a paste-like substance that can start to hold its form.
You will want it to be wet to the point in which it almost drips, but not runny. Once it has reached that point, separate the batter out into even portions and roll them into ball shapes in your hand or in an ice cream spoon.
Lay them out on a cookie sheet, place in the refrigerator to chill for a minimum of one hour.
Once they are chilled, they are ready to eat!
This is a no-bake recipe that is addictive in its taste, so eating it several times a day as your supplemental workout companion will feel more like a treat than a commitment.