I was first introduced to Energy Ball Recipe Kits at BlogOn19 in Manchester in May. I had been on my feet for ages and was feeling very tired after too much travelling and *cough* networking the night before, so being able to try an energy ball was a welcome break. I don’t remember what flavour I tried on the day, but I remember it being tasty and soon feeling perked up enough to continue my day. Energy balls are really pricey in the shops and packed individually in single use packaging – could these kits be a cost effective and fun alternative?
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What are energy balls?
Energy balls are little balls of (usually) plant-based goodness. They’re often made with dates, nuts, seeds and dried fruit – a bit like Nakd bars, but spherical. They shouldn’t contain any added sugar, but will be high in fructose because of their high fruit content.
They’re a very handy snack for travelling and are great for those times you need a quick pick-me-up to keep going. Energy balls from the shops are individually packaged and can cost £2.50 each, making it a good idea economically to make your own at home.
What about the packaging?
The Energy Ball Recipe boxes come in a cardboard box small enough to fit through your letterbox. The ingredients come pre-weighed in little plastic packets which are “degradable”.
Why degradable rather than biodegradable? Biodegradable packaging is broken down by living organisms – fungi or bacteria. Degradable packaging is broken down by oxygen. This isn’t necessarily a good thing. Most old-school single use plastic bags were degradable (or oxo-degradable as it’s sometimes known, but it’s the same thing). They are broken down into smaller pieces of plastic, and eventually into microplastic.
I would love to be able to say the kits came in compostable bags that broke down in my home compost heap. It can be done!
I emailed the ladies at Energy Ball Recipes about this and they said “At present, these are our best option, just because of the shelf life and being that they contain raw food ingredients. We are very conscious of our eco footprint and are trialling fully non-plastic bags from ‘Natureflex’, but need to know the longevity of these and how long of a shelf life we can then give our product if we use them. We have to be sure, completely plastic free bags wouldn’t deteriorate too quickly. So, yes, it is a review we are looking into, to reduce the BBE dates and use these bags :)”
Energy ball recipe kit review
Making the balls couldn’t be easier. Everything is measured up, so it’s just a case of chopping, mixing and adding liquids at the right time. The balls are quite soft when first made so it’s best to harden them up in the fridge.
I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was about the flavour I wasn’t enjoying – was it the spirulina? Was the peanut maybe a bit too strong? It was possibly elements of both, but these are specific to this one flavour. The samples I tried at BlogOn were delicious, so I know that this is probably a one-off. The kids loved them, and they’re quite particular when it comes to snacks!
I would love to see some school-friendly recipe kits – energy balls would be a welcome addition to our lunchboxes if they didn’t contain nuts. It would be a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon with the kids, too!
Another thing I’d love to see is the option to bulk buy ingredients in more sustainable packaging. This would be ideal for the more eco-conscious of us who aren’t scared of a bit of measuring and experimenting with flavours.