Zero waste superfoods energy balls

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I adapted this zero waste superfoods energy balls recipe from one that appeared in ‘Eat Clean, Play Dirty’, a cookbook by Danielle Duboise and Whitney Tingle, founders of the plant-based meal-delivery program, Sakara Life.

They’ve called this recipe “cookie dough bites” but I’ve renamed it, as all of the ingredients can be bought from a bulk food store, thus making it “zero waste”.

I wanted a recipe as a “treat” for my toddler that was sugar free.

While the original recipe called for 1/4 cup of maple syrup I reduced this down to just 1/8 cup. I also added an extra ingredient – the almond meal – as almonds contain healthy fats, fibre, protein, magnesium and vitamin E.


1/8 cup almond meal

1/8 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup cacao nibs

3 tablespoons ground flaxseed meal

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

2 tablespoons hemp seeds

2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

3 heaped teaspoons of almond butter

1/8 cup maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Combine the maple syrup, almond butter and vanilla extract in a large bowl until creamy. In a separate bowl, mix the coconut flour, flaxseed meal, almond meal, hemp seeds, cocoa nibs and salt together.

In a small bowl, add the shredded coconut and set aside.

Add the wet and dry ingredients together and mix well. Using your hands roll the dough into one-inch balls.

Roll each ball into the coconut until fully coated.

Pop them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Makes approximately 12

Pro tip: If you’re really pressed for time, you can literally combine all of the ingredients into one big bowl and stir. Tastes just as good!