Tangelo and coconut energy balls

Tangelo and coconut energy balls

Four-ingredient energy balls

Tangelo and coconut energy balls are delicious to eat as a healthier snack anytime of the day. A vegetarian recipe that can be made vegan-friendly by swapping the honey for another sweetener.

Make these no-bake energy balls from just four ingredientscoconut, tangelos, rolled oats and honey.

Moist and chewy, these tasty energy balls are ideal for afternoon tea or as a quick snack.

Tangelo and coconut energy balls are fibre and carbohydrate-rich from the rolled oats, shredded coconut and citrus fruit. Eat a couple of them as an on-the-go snack to help fuel your body during a busy day.

Rolled oats, juicy tangelos, honey and toasted coconut make these energy balls taste sweet and satisfying.

If you have never tried a tangelo before you are in for a treat. A tangelo is a citrus fruit hybrid where two types of citrus have been propagated to create a new variety.

The name ‘tangelo’ is a blend of the parts of two words ‘tangerine’ and ‘pomelo’. Here in Australia, the most regularly available variety of tangelo is called a Minneola. This fruit is very juicy and is sweet but also has a pleasant, slightly tart flavour.

Tangelos are in season in Australia at the moment (spring) but if you don’t have them where you are, you could use any other sweet-tasting citrus fruit instead such as:

  • Tangerines
  • Mandarins
  • Clementines
  • Satsumas
  • Navel oranges
  • Blood oranges
Tangelo and coconut energy balls with two tangelo halves
A healthier snack that tastes great

How to make energy balls

Tangelo and coconut energy balls are easy to make. You can prepare these flavoursome snacks in under five minutes.

The basic steps in this recipe are as follows:

  1. Toast the coconut under the grill.
  2. Finely grate the zest of the tangelos.
  3. Juice one tangelo & peel and chop the other one.
  4. Use a blender to combine oats, untoasted coconut, chopped tangelo, honey and some tangelo juice.
  5. Form mixture into twelve energy balls.
  6. Dip energy balls into tangelo juice then into toasted coconut and tangelo zest.

You should make tangelo and coconut energy balls because they are:

  • Citrusy and coconutty energy balls that taste delicious.
  • Budget-friendly – made with cheap oats, shredded coconut and seasonal citrus fruit.
  • A healthier snack option – no refined sugar but still gives you an energy boost.
  • Quick and easy to make – prepare these tasty snacks in under 5 minutes!
  • Gluten-free – rolled oats make up the body of these energy balls.
  • Dairy-free – no cream, milk or butter are needed in this recipe.
  • Adaptable – the recipe can be made vegan-friendly by swapping the honey for maple syrup or coconut sugar.
  • Seasonal – juicy tangelos are now in season (spring).

Tangelo and coconut energy balls’ main ingredients:

  • Shredded coconut
  • Tangelos
  • Rolled oats
  • Runny honey
Tangelo and coconut energy balls with half a tangelo
An easy, four-ingredient recipe

Tips for busy cooks

Tangelos – if this citrus fruit hybrid isn’t available where you live, you could use mandarins, clementines or navel oranges instead. Try and choose a seedless variety so that you don’t have to remove the pips before using them.

Runny honey – to make this recipe vegan-friendly; swap the honey for maple syrup or coconut sugar.

I recommend that you test that the energy ball mixture is sweet enough for you before you roll it into balls. The tangelos and small amount of honey will add a lot of natural sweetness but feel free to add more honey to the recipe to suit your own taste.

These tangelo and coconut energy balls can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for one to two weeks.

Serving suggestions:

  1. Snack – take a couple of these energy balls to work with you to eat mid-morning.
  2. Afternoon tea – enjoy one or two tangelo and coconut energy balls with a cup of tea.
  3. Dessert – finish off your evening meal with something sweet by having a couple of these coconut energy balls.

A fibre-rich snack that is easy to make

If you are looking for a flavourful energy balls recipe then tangelo and coconut energy balls are ideal for you. Make them this weekend, keep them in the fridge and eat them as a filling, fibre-rich snack during the week.

Did you use tangelos in this recipe or a different kind of citrus fruit?

Let me know by leaving a comment and a recipe rating below – I’d love to hear from you.

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Do you love citrus fruit? Try this recipe next: mandarin and passionfruit crêpes

Tangelo and coconut energy balls

Tangelo and coconut energy balls are delicious to eat as a healthier snack anytime of the day. An easy-to-make four-ingredient recipe.

Meal Type Afternoon tea, Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine Australian-Inspired
Keyword Coconut energy balls, Vegetarian
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 Energy balls
Author Veg Coast Cook

Ingredients

  • 30 g coconut shredded
  • 2 tangelos, seedless (approx. 250g total weight) *see Recipe Notes
  • 120 g rolled oats
  • 1 tsp runny honey *see Recipe Notes

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill to a high heat. Transfer 20g of coconut onto a small baking tray and put under the grill until lightly toasted. Turn grill off and put the toasted coconut aside to cool.
  2. Finely grate the zest of the tangelos into the toasted coconut and set aside until you are ready to coat the energy balls. Cut one tangelo in half and squeeze its juice into a small bowl. Peel the other tangelo and chop the segments into small pieces.
  3. Put the chopped tangelo pieces into a blender; add the oats, honey and 10g of coconut (untoasted). Add 1½ tablespoons of tangelo juice and blitz the mixture until it comes together. Add more juice or water if the mix is too dry. Tip energy ball mixture out into a bowl.

  4. Form the mixture into 12 energy balls with your hands (wet your hands slightly if the mixture feels too sticky to work with). Dip each energy ball into the remaining tangelo juice so they are evenly coated. Then dip each energy ball into the toasted coconut and tangelo zest (roll them around in the coating so they are evenly covered).

  5. To serve: can be eaten straightaway or they will last in the fridge for one to two weeks in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Tangelos - if this citrus fruit hybrid isn’t available where you live, you could use mandarins, clementines or navel oranges instead. Try and choose a seedless variety so that you don’t have to remove the pips before using them.

Runny honey - to make this recipe vegan-friendly; swap the honey for maple syrup or coconut sugar.

I recommend that you test that the energy ball mixture is sweet enough for you before you roll it into balls. The tangelos and small amount of honey will add a lot of natural sweetness but feel free to add more honey to the recipe to suit your own taste.

Made this recipe? Tag @vegcoastcook on Instagram or use the hashtag #vegcoastcook



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