A healthy diet is so important for new and expecting families and we want to help you out! Each month we will be featuring simple, quick, nutritious and fun recipes to help make your life a little easier and healthier! This first recipe is perfect for anyone who is busy but wants a yummy, healthy and filling snack. You can enjoy these energy balls as part of a healthy breakfast, on-the-go nibble or even as a nutritious dessert.
Healthy Cookie Dough Energy Balls
This instant, no-bake recipe is freezer friendly making these energy balls perfect for summertime and great for anytime grab-n-go snacks that adults and children both love. Just mix, form into balls and enjoy! They actually taste like raw cookie dough (and who doesn’t love that!?) but they are full of whole grains, dietary fiber, healthful fats and plant-based protein. They come together in under 10 minutes and require only 7 ingredients that you likely have on hand. Preparing them can even make for a fun activity to do with your little ones.
I like to store these energy balls in the freezer and then pack them with me when I’m on the go. As they thaw out they make the perfect sweet and satisfying snack.
Have dietary restrictions? Have no fear! This recipe is raw, vegan and gluten-free and even has a nut-free option so it should work for everyone in your family.
Elaine is a Baltimore, MD mom of two girls (age 1 and 3). When she was pregnant with her first child she took breastfeeding, childbirth and infant care classes through Doulas of Baltimore. Elaine has a masters in public health (MPH) degree and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) who has always had a passion for nutrition and healthy eating.
She maintains a healthy food blog, www.EatingbyElaine.com, where she shares her love for cooking with nutritious ingredients. Elaine’s recipes are simple to make and perfect for busy moms that want to cook healthy for themselves and their families. She uses fresh whole ingredients and loves sharing the health benefits of the key ingredients in her recipes. All information on her blog is from evidence-based and credible sources. Her recipes are low in sodium, refined sugar, cholesterol and saturated fat. Her recipes are also allergy-friendly since she and her daughter have multiple food allergies.
Elaine’s healthy recipes have been featured in The Washington Post since 2012. She has also been featured on oprah.com and BuzzFeed. Elaine is excited to partner with Doulas of Baltimore to offer her healthy recipes to our community! Stay tuned for more recipes and fun events!