Nov 18 2011

Power Balls

Hi BodyRockers,

Who’s got the balls to give this recipe try? :) haha. I did, and I couldn’t believe how good these Power balls turned out. The Power balls are amazing to have for breakfast or as a snack espeacially if you are in a hurry,  and need just something you can grab and go. I also found out that you can use them as a gift (if you give them a nice wrap) or even a bribe :) You’ll see… Once you let someone taste your balls, you will never be forgotten. I promise.

You will need 1 cup of oats.

Ground the oats into an oatmeal/oatflower.

Mix the oatmeal with 2 cups of almond meal.

Add 3 full teaspoons of baking powder.

Mix it well and add about 4 tblsp of honey.

Add 4 table spoons of coconut oil – you can melt it in a pot before you pour it into the bowl so that it’s easier to mix it in.

Cook 1 cup of carrots until they turn soft and mash them just like you would mash potatoes. You can also use a food processor.

Add the mashed carrots into the mixture in the bowl and mix it all well together to create a dough for the balls. The doughshould be moist and little bit sticky – if you find it too soft you can always add little more almond meal. The amount of dough you need for one ball depends on how big you want them to be. I made about 28 balls.

You can use crashed almonds or finely crushed pecans (both is delicious)

Roll the ball in crushed nuts to cover the entire surface.

Done. Just place the balls in a non stick baking sheet and bake them in the oven for about 25 minutes on 350F.

P.S. The balls will be very tender when you take them out of the oven so don’t touch them. Let them cool down for 10 – 15 minutes and then put the entire sheet with all of your balls into the fridge. They will become more solid and won’t fall apart when you bite them.

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  • Maggie Schooley

    Does anyone know how about how long these store? Counter? Fridge? Freezer?

  • http://thebluesnail.blogspot.com/ Larstod

    man, peanut butter and carrots are one of the most delicious snacks ever! One of my fav growing up as a kid for lunches!

  • ۞ BodyRocker ♥ Beth ۞

    I would also be adding some WPI to the mixture to “improve it up” :)

  • Sheena

    how long do these stay?

  • Mhahn0

    these are delicious! thanks so much for the recipe. I made mine with peanut butter and coated them with food processed cocoa almonds. I ate two and felt full all afternoon :)

  • Chana H

    The first batch I made, I made with sweet potatoes… turned out great!  Second batch, I used carrots… love them also!!

  • Lisa

    My balls are in the oven right now. I doubled the recipe, but used a little less than double the amount of nut meal (about 3 cups vs 4 cups; I used mixed nuts). I used maple syrup instead of honey, but didn’t fully double the amount (6tbsp vs 8) because the carrots are pretty sweet as it is. When I first started shaping the balls, I did find the mixture a little too moist and wouldn’t firm together, so I added some ground flax seed (about 1/4 c), some wheat bran and oat bran  (about 1/4c each) until the balls would stay together nicely. I just had to feel it out as I went.

    I also found that the last few balls I made were easier to maneuver, so I am wondering if it’s a good idea to let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes before you start trying to shape them. I coated them in coconut flakes instead of nuts, partly because I felt I already used enough nuts and I ran out, but also thought they would be tasty with coconut!  My balls are probably twice the size of yours because I got 29 even with the doubled recipe.

    I will let you know how they taste; if they are anything like they smell, I am going to love them!

    • Lisa

      Ok, my husband tested them out and they are a hit! They are nutty, sweet, crunchy and delicious! They are a bit messy so use a napkin or plate! Thanks for this recipe, Zuzana!

      • Lisa

        Next time I will use more carrots, and a little less nuts. They are really good!!

  • Justina528

    I just made these and substituted the carrots for sweet potatoes…I used the peanut butter recipe…they’re delicious but how many equal one serving? I could eat the whole batch in one sitting but that would defeat the purpose;)

  • Varelareg

    i would like to make the recipe but i cant eat oats so i wonder if i can use rice flour or soy flour

  • Tinkerbll

    when are you gonna make a video?

  • Dalynsita

    I was wondering how these might turn out using sweet potatoes instead.  Will they be too mushy?  

  • Lindsey Linae Kinard

    coconut oil is less then half the price in health food stores then big chain stores, fyi!

  • mag

    avena!

  • Anonymous

    If you are bodyrocking on daily basis you shouldn’t stress out about calories.
    Point here is to eat home made “real” food which is healthy for you.
    Of course you cannot eat all 30 of them for one meal…
    small healthy portions and you will be all right!

  • kc

    My power balls are baking as I type this comment I am excited to see how they taste, due to being on a budget I had some almonds and just blended them on my blender to make Almond Meal looks just like the store bought kind but probably even healthier. Saved a lot. Thanks for this wonderful recipe Body Rock! 

  • betty

    im so excited. i just made mine with the peanut butter. but, instead of putting a whole cup, i did 2 tbls. to me, they taste great. i think that after a certain measurment of sweetness, you wont get any more sweet taste, just extra sugars that go into your body. also, i only used 2 tsp of honey but i am planning on drizzling a little bit on my two power balls that ill have tonight. and, for those who cannot find a descent deal on coconut oil, they are having a deal at vitacost.com where you buy 1 16 oz container +  oz container of raw honey for a total of just. $14.39. when eating healthy, raw honey is a good substitute for sugar and i buy both of those. this is a great deal! take advantage! :) thanks zuzka for the recipe!!

  • Sophie Tholet

    Does anyone knows a recipee of protein balls without any hoven or microwave. I just have an electric warmer pan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Bennett/100000853722520 Heather Bennett

    Do you store them in the refrigerator? How long do they keep?

  • EspeRH

    I made this recipe today, and instead of using almond flour I ground raw almonds and has been very good!
    But in the oven they toasted Roo much, it seems that my oven cooks faster than Zuzana … Anyway, have been very good … Next time les time and they will look delicious.

  • ۞ BodyRocker ♥ Beth ۞

    Portion/Time/Served with/Nutritional Value ???

    thanks for any additional info !!!

    BR Beth

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lenett-Kendall/100001864842079 Lenett Kendall

    Loved thiss, super delicious thankyou!

  • http://twitter.com/debbies3360 deborah stoldt

    I can not keep them in the house, they just taste too good. My little one is sick and with running up and down the stairs whenever she needs/ wants something. I was making her soup and I ate 5 of them. It’s like Christmas cookies only worse because with the carrots I can justify eating more than I should.

    One batch is gone and my kids are clamoring for more.

  • Amanda

    Would the recipe still work if I used Quinoa instead of oats?

  • Mariannevance

    I think even pumpkin would be good….

  • michelle

    I made these last night.. they were much better the next day after they had time to settle.. ymm gunna try the pumpkin one next!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Hey Zuzana! I love your recipes, but I dont have access to a stove. I only have a toaster, a microwave, and a george foreman grill. I was wondering how I could better my diet. Right now I do your workouts every day plus extra cardio and I do yoga a few times a week as well, and I eat alot of oatmeal and sandwitches. I try not to use as much dairy or bread but it is hard with no stove. I need lots of help with my diet :-/

    • ZoeRocker

      Make salads!

  • Guest

    I just started following this website about 3 weeks ago, after finding myself bored and looking for a change in working out.  I wanted a website that was frequently updated, dynamic with fun suggestions, and that had viewers from everywhere – and so far, I’m glad I found bodyrock.tv/    I made these power balls (exactly as the recipe said) 2 days ago – and I like them.  Even my husband who isn’t into trail mixes or energy supplements, thought they were ‘pretty good’.  I’ve caught him eating a few here and there…I made mine about the same size as a tootsie roll lollipop and was able to get 24 out of the recipe (a few were larger than others).  The only trouble I ran into - which was totally my fault - was that I did not crush the pecans enough when rolling them in it for the final step – and because my hands were messy from making the balls – it took a little more time to finish than it should have.  I will definitely make these again.  

  • Sandraz

    I will try this :) also, I wish you could make it with natural carrots, cuz I couldn’t recognize this as a carrot on this picture ;) they are so damn plastic! Thank you for this sweet recipe

  • Lauren

    thanks for the replacement idea, Jessica!  coconut oil is so expensive.  i know it’s good for us, but still, too pricey for me.

    -Lauren

    • Claire

      There’s a brand called Lou Ana that you can buy at wal-mart (I believe), or HEB, etc and it’s 1 Pint container for about $5-$7. Which is very reasonable considering even most olive oils are about the same price.

  • Anonymous

    I just made these and on man!  They are delicious. In fact, I just enjoyed on with my coffee.  Absolutely wonderful.  Starbucks ain’t got nothing on these bites of heaven.  

     My husband can’t have any starch for the next 21 days, so…I’m thinking of trying to make this without the oat flour and using protein powder.  What do you think?  Do you think it will work??  

  • http://delightfultastebuds.com Jos

    Wow your kid allergic to coconut?

  • http://delightfultastebuds.com Jos

    Sunflower oil might not be good for high temperature cooking as it’s polyunsaturated fat thus will oxidize easily in high heat…try it with ghee (clarified butter) or melted butter (unsalted). For coconut oil, have you checked Amazon.com? They have tons!

  • http://delightfultastebuds.com Jos

    I made them with my own twist and they are super yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    • ZoeRocker

      Those look delish!! I take it you didn’t use oats? Paleo right? What were your subs? I am curious:)

      • http://delightfultastebuds.com Jos

        I used coconut flour :) You can check my adaptation recipe here: http://delightfultastebuds.com/2011/11/26/grain-free-power-balls/

  • Tom from EndTheTrendNow

    Zuzana,
    I think you have mighty fine balls.  I went according to your recipe and will have them tomorrow for Thanksgiving.  Ok maybe I had a few today. :-)

    One thing that I thought was cool was rather than cook or shred the carrots, use a juicer instead.  Works like magic.  Use both the juice and the leftovers and blend with the rest of the ingredients as normal. 

    I have an Omega Vert 350

    Here is a video on the actual juicer

    http://youtu.be/rQhDBe2q2lY

  • Fabian Engl

    Just standing in the kitchen. Can´t await to taste em^^ just got home from work and thought could try this receipe today to take it to work tomorrow

    Like a child watching a christmas tree

  • Maria

    i was going to make this because it looks delicious.. then i forgot i don’t have a kitchen at the moment :( lol .. as soon as my kitchen is done this will be the first thing i make! thanks zuzka!

  • ZoeRocker

    It is okay to eat carbs in moderation. I try to eat them earlier in the day so I have time to burn them off throughout the day :)

  • ۞ BodyRocker ♥ Beth ۞

    LMAO I just didn’t write ‘em down, I can basically eat whatever kind & whatever portion of non-starchy veggies I want :)

  • tee

    I so love your pictures zuzka!
    I made the balls, mine were bigger than yours!  ha ha! I only ended up with 19.  I found them OK but I like the garbanzo cookies better.  I just felt like something is missing,  but I’m sure I’ll find them good enough to eat over the week  anyway!  ha ha!

  • tee

    can you use coconut or is that also a nut?  shredded coconut on outside and coconut meal on inside

    • tee

      or can you use seeds?

  • tee

    I’m baking mine right now with buckwheat!  and sweet potato instead of carrots because I missed that when I was buying ingredients!  oops!  I never thought of chickpea flour!

  • tee

    If you can get almonds then grind them up in your blender, or use a different nut. 

     I’m not sure for coconut oil, maybe ghee, or butter, or applesauce, sorry not an expert!

  • Jazzy

    just made some, they are still in the oven. I tasted it, they are yumy balls!!… my son will enjoy them too.i think i will make these for thanksgiving…haha

  • Elena Ioan

    Hello! I made the balls!!! :) But I had to modify them a bit, because I didn’t had the exact same ingredients at home. I used rosted soya flakes instead of oat and pumpkin seed butter instead of coconot oil… And I didn’t cook the carrots before adding them to te mixture; I just choped them realy small with the food processor. And I didn’t add the backing powder. I did them without it. They are in the oven right now.. Hope it didn’t turn out too bad.. :-S In total, I got 43 balls, and according to the maths I did, each ball is suppose to have at least 3g of protein, wich I find pretty cool! I guess the soya flakes and the pumpink seed butter helped.

  • Carrie

    If this is anything like your protein bar recipe, I doubt the mixture will make it as far as the oven ;0)

  • Anonymous

    Hey everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew what brand would carry organic extra lean turkey products. like turkey tenerloins or ground turkey. right now I eat jenny-O but I dont really trust it…I would really like to get some organic and also have it still be extra lean. Any ideas?? I have yet to find any at whole foods…Havent tried trader joes yet though

  • Anonymous

    Hey everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew what brand would carry organic extra lean turkey products. like turkey tenerloins or ground turkey. right now I eat jenny-O but I dont really trust it…I would really like to get some organic and also have it still be extra lean. Any ideas?? I have yet to find any at whole foods…Havent tried trader joes yet though

    • Anonymous

      Hi marisarb,

      Looking locally is the best plan.  You can buy online from farms around the country, but if you’re planning to cook it for Turkey day USA AKA Thanksgiving Day(Nov 24th) you should probably order today!!!  I would go to Madison Market or one of the Puget Consumers Co-ops and last resort the big chain Whole Foods.

      An aside:  Zuzka going to have a Turkey dish for November 24th?

      –Chris

      • Anonymous

        Thanks Chris! me and my husband live in Wisconsin so im guessing if we look we could find plenty of farms like that :) unfortunately my mom is preparing thanksgiving dinner for us and is not very health conscience!

        • Anonymous

          Hi marisarb,

          Well, the only way  a person becomes health conscience is thru education.  Be a good Bodyrocker and help your Mom improve.  What I do is bring something each year that is healthy, but my family are pretty good at getting the heath thing anyway.

          Yeah, I have a cool bodyrocking niece and she is having the dinner at her place so it should be a great and healthy time for all!

          –Chris

        • Anonymous

          Hi marisarb,

          Well, the only way  a person becomes health conscience is thru education.  Be a good Bodyrocker and help your Mom improve.  What I do is bring something each year that is healthy, but my family are pretty good at getting the heath thing anyway.

          Yeah, I have a cool bodyrocking niece and she is having the dinner at her place so it should be a great and healthy time for all!

          –Chris

  • ۞ BodyRocker ♥ Beth ۞

    NO protein ? did I missed something ???

    • mag

      relax! :)

    • Anonymous

      Hi Beth,  Add some protein powder and your fine, right?  :-)   –Chris

    • Anonymous

      Hi Beth,  Add some protein powder and your fine, right?  :-)   –Chris

    • ۞ BodyRocker ♥ Beth ۞

      Haha LOL I knew Zuzana wouldn’t give up protein in any of her meals S:D !!!
      It just doesn’t look “complete” w/o it :) BTW Guys which brand R U using? Im planning on using plain whey protein concentrate or the “MRM 100% All Natural Whey” which is a great choice IMO :)
      It took me hard time to find those… Yet I tasted any protein powder. I can’t wait for my order to arrive, after more than 3 months of waiting…. d*mn :D <3 BR Beth

      • Anonymous

        Hi Beth, 

        Actually Almonds as in the Almond Meal has protein being a nut.  But, you can use the same Whey product Zuzka uses and I now use. It has no actual flavor and is really smooth and easy to mix.   I was using a rice based protein powder which was non of these things.

        –Chris

        • ۞ BodyRocker ♥ Beth ۞

          unfortunately they don’t ships to my zone. this is what we have here: http://www.hadassa.co.il/page100.html

          or I can (as I already did) make an order from BB.com for this: http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/mrm/pumped.html
          it has a great buy-2-get-1-free on it & it’s a GREAT product :) (I would definitely prefer concentrate above Isolates…)

          thanks for your advice tho :D

          GREAT DAY I SAID !!! :D

          <3 BR Beth

          • Anonymous

            Hi Beth, 

            I’m not sure I buy the arguments over concentrate and isolates.  I’ve been taking various isolates for years and don’t feel particularly acidic and there are many reasons someone might be so beside whey as an isolate.  On the worries about fats I have lots them in my diet.

            –Chris

            • ۞ BodyRocker ♥ Beth ۞

              I think I should really try it first & then see. here’s an intresting interview about Whey protein U might find usefull (U can also download it to your computer): http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/23/ori-hofmekler-on-whey-protein.aspx

              BTW, wev’e just being announced today for the order to arrive !!! the local post asked us to come & pick the boxes :D HAHA !!! I can’t wait !!! after more than 3 months… can U GET IT ?!?!?

              BTW2 I hope everything’s going right w/ the new features that should have come/load up to the site… long ago !!!

              BTW3 I would be very happy to see other BRs diet/meal plans to have an idea to make my own.
              What for example is yours?

              I can show U mine in just a few short lines (doesn’t includes Veggies):

              7am- 1S (=scoop) Whey protein, 1Tbs ground flaxseed, 40g (=27Carbs) Oats, & maybe a piece of fruit (like 10Carbs or so)
              10am- 200ml 0% (fat-free) plain yogurt, 1/2S (=scoop) Whey, 1Ts dried blueberries & Crabberries, 1/2 Orange
              1pm- 100g chicken/turkey breast, 1Tbs Olive Oil, 1 apple
              4pm- 1 whole egg+egg whites or fish fillet,1Ts Olive Oil, & maybe a portion of carb (like quinoa) if needed
              6pm- BR.TV Workout
              7pm- PWO-shake: 1S Whey,30C (=carbs)banana/citrus fruit,1Tbs Chia seeds
              8-9pm- PWO-meal: 15C (=carbs) Quinoa/Brown Rice/Yam(=sweet potato)/Wild rice,100g salmon/Tilapia/other fish,1Tbs olive oil.

              Pretty simple… huh ? But Im always getting confused by articles, feelings & stuff… I don’t know. I didn’t really followed it completly yet just B/C we didn’t got the whey yet. but we should in about 1 hour, LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!! OH man I they would bring it soon :D

              Oh I can ask U guys SO MUCH Qs.. I mean… SO MANY !!! like about macros (=macronutrients), meal timing, Carb cycling (which Im not planning on doing just b/c I don’t have time for it)… Pre & Post WO meals/nutrition !!! ANYTHING !!! Oh how bad I want to know your choices of success… LOL :D

              Thanks for reading, helping & sharing… !!!

              <3 BR Beth

            • ۞ BodyRocker ♥ Beth ۞

              Sorry for the late comment (I only released it now) &… yes, I’ve already tasted the new protein powder !!! I’ll talk about it tommorow & let U know my hoenst/strict opinion :)

              (it’s 00:23pm here !!!!!!!!) GOOD NIGHT I SAID !!!

              <3 BR Beth

          • Jessy

            Where are you from? Check if myprotein.com ships to your area.

            • ۞ BodyRocker ♥ Beth ۞

              No, unfortunately they doesnt ship the middle east :S But no prob, I’ve already got the MRM brand in my home :) (but only for 3 months tho… :/ maybe I’ll get something from the country)

  • Daniela(Duovka)

    Cau Zuzi,
    These balls looks really yummy and I will do them sometime next week:)))I beleive that my mum will love them,because she loves almonds….I am just wonder how much calorie have one ball???Maybe I will do some on Christmas table as well:)))
    Thanks for share:))and Have a beautifuul day!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    hm, yummy yummy!!! I have to buy these ingredients … these balls look very tasty!!!! thanks, Zuzka, for sharing this recipe!!

  • Samanthina

    Awesome recipe,Zuzka,i’ll try it this weekend.Maybe i’ll change it a little bit,i ‘ll add pumpkin instead of carrots and please tell me what to use instead of coconut oil.Sunflower oil? Our markets here in Bulgaria have a very limit choice.
    Thanks for the recipe! :)

    • Pavlina

      Just plain butter will do :)

  • EspeRH

    Today i am going to the store to buy the ingredients! That looks good and useful for a quick breakfast or quick saco! Thanks Zuzana!

  • GoustiFruit

    Do you do some postprocessing to your photos ? They seam to have that effect of a clear focus on the important part and a gentle blur on the rest…

    • jacky~

      I think it’s the camera lens he has to cause that effect….  It might even be a portrait lens because it has that amazing depth of field~ :)

  • Dominika

    How can I substitute the coconut oil? Any advice? :-)  

    • Anonymous

      Hi Dominika,

      Are you allergic to coconuts?  It’s hard to substitude something with such a distinct   flavor.  But, that said you could try butter and a bit of honey.

      –Chris

  • Anonymous

    Hi Zuzka,

    I was just thinking it might be time to haul out the Schweddy Balls recipe for this year’s swing by Christmas!   These balls looks pretty incredible.  If I made some they would have to be bigger than yours.  Because I just have bigger balls than you do! :-)

    –Chris

    • Natalie

      lol
      Chris, you have such an awesome sense of humor! Love your comments : D

      • Anonymous

        Hi Natalie,

        Actually, I think Zuzka has an even better sense of humor than I and I think if the two of us ever got together we would kill each other with laughter!  :-0

        I do like to joke and was going to comment about what other shape these “balls” could take to AlishisPhillips , but thought it would be a bit to naughty…:-)

        And on ZoeRocker’s comment…Vegas don’t think Little Girl Bees’ vomit (honey) is vega enough for their liking?  Well, what can I say! :-)

        –Chris

  • Anonymous

    Mmmmmm, ballls! :D :D  
    Seriously though, these look delicious! I’m afraid to make them, because I don’t think I could control myself and it only one or two.. Mmm, maybe I should make two of those a day! :D

  • mag

    omg!!! this looks amazing!! i will do it!! thanks for share it!

  • ZoeRocker

    YAY!!! Vegan (except for the honey for you sticklers out there) and guten free!! I can’t wait to try them! Thank you Zuzi!!!

  • Anonymous

    These…look…SO…good!  I’m gonna try these this weekend.  So, do they have to be balls?  I have no problem with balls.  I just am wondering how necessary the ball shape is :)

  • Anonymous

    These…look…SO…good!  I’m gonna try these this weekend.  So, do they have to be balls?  I have no problem with balls.  I just am wondering how necessary the ball shape is :)

  • Anonymous

    These…look…SO…good!  I’m gonna try these this weekend.  So, do they have to be balls?  I have no problem with balls.  I just am wondering how necessary the ball shape is :)

  • Gerrilee Schafer

    BTW, I think I voted for you about a dozen times a day…………….hope you win

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, me too! I really hope Zuzka wins this contest :) )

      • Anonymous

        Me tooooooo :-D

  • Gerrilee Schafer

    You have a way with words……LOL……. taste my balls indeed ……. have a great weekend…

  • Anonymous

    looks delicious Zuz!

  • Courtney

    “You’ll see…once you let someone to taste your balls you will never be forgotten. ”

    Oh Zuzka, you crack me up and gross me out at the same time. :)

    • http://makavelina.mplicka.cz/ Nina_CZ

      hahahaaaa, acutally, she is right :D :D