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Ripe Plantain Energy Balls: Healthy Vegan Snack

These healthy, ripe plantain energy balls are vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, low carb, sugar-free, sweet, savory, and insanely delicious. Relatively these healthy protein bites require only three main ingredients; you can make these babies with your eyes closed. These paleo energy balls are here to stay!

Healthy Ripe Plantain Energy Balls.

Plantains are versatile and have several benefits to the body, rich in numerous minerals. While plantains look like bananas, they are not bananas because plantains require cooking, unlike bananas. On the other hand, green and yellow sweet plantains serve different purposes, and for today’s ripe plantain energy balls, we will be using ripe yellow sweet plantains. These healthy plantain energy balls are perfect pre or post work-out snacks, healthy appetizers, side dishes, and incredible desserts. Yes, desserts! Plus, these are equally kid-friendly! Can we just say this is an all-rounder snack… Click To Tweet

Sweet yellow ripe plantain energy balls. Vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, low carb, sugar-free, sweet, savory, and insanely delicious. These healthy protein bites require only three main ingredients – ripe (sweet yellow) plantain, oats, and nut butter. Healthy vegan snacks excellent pre and post work out snacks. On the go and kid-friendly snacks. Healthy bites for appetizers, side dishes, and dessert. #plantainballs #howtomakeplantainballs #oatmeal #healthyrecipes #energybites #energyballs

3 (main) Ingredient Plantain Power Bites.

In reality, yes, that’s all you need, three ingredients – plantain, oats, and nut butter! And depending on your taste bud, and if the nut butter is plain or not. You can add some coconut sugar (see my video). Realistically three ingredients will get these healthy protein bites together! In other words, plantain + oatmeal + nut butter = the best energy bites.

Vegan Energy Balls.

These energy balls are vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, low carb, sweet, savory, and insanely delicious. Relatively these healthy protein bites require only three main ingredients; you can literally make these babies with your… Click To Tweet

Sweet yellow ripe plantain energy balls. Vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, low carb, sugar-free, sweet, savory, and insanely delicious. These healthy protein bites require only three main ingredients – ripe (sweet yellow) plantain, oats, and nut butter. Healthy vegan snacks excellent pre and post work out snacks. On the go and kid-friendly snacks. Healthy bites for appetizers, side dishes, and dessert. #plantainballs #howtomakeplantainballs #oatmeal #healthyrecipes #energybites #energyballs

How to make Ripe Plantain Energy Balls.

To make these plantain balls, be sure to have some nut butter on hand; luckily, I have pecan nut butter that my friends at Purely Pecans sent me. Then quick oats and one very ripe yellow sweet plantain. In the view of plantain, not been banana, I go ahead and bake the plantains to cook them and further intensify the flavors.

This shows you the first step to making this sweet yellow plantain energy bites. Grab some quick oats, one very ripe yellow sweet plantain, and some nut butter. I used pecan butter. Then bake the plantains to intensify the flavors further. These are not quite banana energy ball but may taste alike.

 

Step 2: (Food Processor)

Making these healthy ripe plantain energy gets easier after baking because all you do is mash, and mix in the food processor. You start by processing the baked, soft sweet yellow plantain. Ripe plantain becomes softer after baking or frying. It can also harden if you allow them to cool way too long.

As soon as you remove from the oven, gently add to your food processor and mash. Then add the oats, nut butter, and a little salt. Making these pecan butter energy bites are that easy!

The Best Ripe Plantain Balls.

Do not skip the first baking step; plantains taste better cooked. I know the whole world is currently fascinated with “no-bake” energy balls. I am sorry to tell you that you need to bake these ripe plantain energy balls in other to get the best out of them. First of all, baking intensifies the flavors; and we do not mess around with flavor here!

It won't be a big deal if you desire to enjoy these energy balls just like these. These snack balls taste great this way; the second baking makes them last longer (in my opinion) and adds some tan and color. These healthy oatmeal balls will not disappoint even you choose not to bake them a second time.
I have just rolled/formed from these babies from the dough above. YUMMY!!!!

Annnnd, if you are serving these as appetizers, side dishes, desserts or breakfast bites, then take a little extra step to bake these the second time, it is such an experience you need to go through to understand. So, you gotta make these!😋

These warm and delicious healthy energy bites are just perfect for pre and post work out snacks. You can have them on the go, and the kids love them! This is the snack you need for all year round. These healthy plantain power balls are equally great appetizers, side dishes, and even dessert.

Pack away in a tight container. Store on countertop or fridge.

easily pack these plantain balls away for any time snacking! YUM! I used a tight fitting container to pack mine.
We ate some and packed the remaining here.

If you are ready, let’s make this easy to make vegan healthy and nutritious balls.

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These healthy, ripe plantain energy balls are vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, low carb, sugar-free, sweet, savory, and insanely delicious. Relatively these healthy protein bites require only three main ingredients; you can make these babies with your eyes closed. These paleo energy balls are here to stay!

Ripe Plantain Energy Balls: Healthy Vegan Snack


  • Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These ripe plantain energy balls are vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, low carb, low sugar, sweet, savory, and insanely delicious. The best part is that these healthy protein bites require only three main ingredients – ripe (sweet yellow) plantain, oats, and nut butter; you can make these babies with your eyes closed.

These healthy vegan snacks are excellent pre and post work out snacks. You can have them on the go, and the kids love them! This is the snack you need for all year round. These healthy plantain balls are equally great appetizers, side dishes, and even dessert.


Scale

Ingredients

1 ripe plantain

1½ cups of quick oats

¼ cup of nut butter (I used pecan butter)

1 teaspoon olive oil or oil spray

A dash of salt

2 tablespoons of coconut sugar (if using a plain nut butter)


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Wash plantain, then peel and cut into 7 – 10 pieces.  Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, sprinkle a little salt, and oil.
  3. Bake 15 minutes on each side or until it changes color; check out my process photo and video.
  4. Remove from oven and add to the food processor; process until mashed.
  5. Then add the oat, nut butter, and sugar (if using plain nut butter). Process to combine and become like dough. Check my photo and video.
  6. Rub a drop of olive oil on your palm before you start rolling/forming these energy balls to avoid them from sticking to your palms/gloves. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop some dough, place it on your hand and form, and be sure that you have gloves on. Repeat until you roll/form the entire dough. These are ready, second baking is optional
  7. Pack away in a tight container. Store on countertop or fridge. 

Optional Step:

Place all the rolled dough on a clean parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 7 – 10 minutes in a 250 preheated oven. Flip in between baking for even cooking. These are ready, serve warm. Leftovers can last 4 – 5 days in the fridge.

Notes

Do not skip the first baking step; plantains taste better cooked. I know the whole world is currently fascinated with “no-bake” energy balls. I am sorry to tell you that you need to bake these ripe plantain energy balls in other to get the best out of them. First of all, baking intensifies the flavors.

The second baking is optional. Usually, I do it if I am using these energy balls as appetizers, desserts, or breakfast bites. That extra warmness is well worth it! Majority of the time I bake twice😂😂😂 I like these bites a little tan! That’s a personal preference.

You can skip the second baking, but be sure to refrigerate these protein bites, especially you had made plenty for a weekly snack.

You may need to add a little coconut sugar or sweetener if you are using a plain nut butter; I used pecan butter from Purely Pecans. I have made it with both “Gimme Sugar” Pecan Nut Butter and the plain. You may notice that I added sugar in the video because the nut butter was plain.

If you allow the plantain to cool for too long after baking, it will harden; process them as soon as it comes out of the oven. Nevertheless, it still tastes good!

  • Category: Appetizers/Snacks/Desserts
  • Method: Baking/Blender
  • Cuisine: Nigerian Inspired

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Healthy sweet yellow ripe plantain energy balls. Vegan, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, low carb, sweet, savory, and insanely delicious. These healthy protein bites require only three main ingredients – ripe (sweet yellow) plantain, oats, and nut butter. Healthy vegan snacks excellent pre and post work out snacks. On the go and kid-friendly snacks. Healthy bites for appetizers, side dishes, and dessert. #plantainballs #howtomakeplantainballs #oatmeal #healthyrecipes #energybites #energyballs

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Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH

Hi, I'm Nkechi "Kechi" Ajaeroh, a Public Health professional turned Inspirational author slash exceptional home cook. A 2x International Best Selling Author of Elevate Your Life with the Power of Positive Perception and Gratefully Growing. African, (specifically, Nigerian) Food Enthusiast, watermelon connoisseur, on my to finessing my fitness. This blog is all about loving food, living life, practicing gratitude, and inspiring you to use your wings. Join the journey.

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