How to Make Peruvian Energy Balls

Peruvian Energy Balls are an ideal treat for hikers and those pursuing vigorous fitness routines - and for anyone else just searching for a quick, healthy, and tasty snack. They are easy to make and very portable, and consist mostly of ingredients you can find right in your own pantry!

Total time: 10 minutes

Calories: About 1100 per batch


  • 1/2 a cup of puffed wheat cereal (Quinoa or Amaranth]] is ideal since both are protein powerhouses, but inexpensive wheat puff cereal works just as well.)
  • 1 cup of dried dates
  • 1/2 a cup of sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 of a cup of almonds or cashews
  • 1/4 of a cup of brown sesame seeds (White can be used, although they are less nutritious. Toast them for extra fiber!)
  • 1/4 of a cup of raisins
  • 2-4 tablespoons of honey (This could be more or less, but you will need enough to form balls with the mixture.)


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    Toast the sesame seeds. Toast the seeds in an oil-free skillet over medium flame, constantly shaking or stirring them until they reach a light, golden brown.
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    Put all ingredients, besides the honey, into a food processor and blend well. If the food processor is small, mix the ingredients in small batches.
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    Put the mixture into a bowl.
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    Add the honey, and begin to work it through the mixture.
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    Moisten your hands, but only slightly. They should be just barely wet. This will prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands too much, which is ideal since the less the mixture sticks the better the balls will form.
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    Form balls with the mixture. You can make them in any size you want, but ideally, they will end up being about 1/2 each. Add more honey and work it through the mix if it doesn't seem to be sticky enough.
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    Refrigerate. This step is not necessary, and the energy balls will be fine without it, but if you have the time refrigeration will help to set the honey faster, meaning that there is a smaller chance of the balls falling apart.
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  • If toasting the sesame seeds, be sure not to burn them. Once they get cooking, be prepared to pull them off of the stove. They burn quickly, and the resulting odor is highly offensive.
  • This recipe can be turned vegan, simply substitute agave nectar for the honey.


  • Be sure to let people know what is in the recipe, especially if you don't know them very well. Some people are highly allergic to nuts.
  • Be careful when using the food processor. Secure all blades before turning on the power.

Sources and Citations

  • The Vegetarian Passport Cookbook by Linda Woolven

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