Vegan Bounce Energy Balls – Review + Recipes!

Beetroot Cashew ball

You guys may be familiar with a little snack called Bounce balls.

Small but mighty energy balls that filled with protein and energy-giving ingredients such as oats, rice, nuts, seeds and maybe a superfood or two, just perfect for powering you through that workout.

These little balls are a brilliant blend of protein, carbs and fat. Their ingredients are whole, nutrient-dense, filling, and pretty delicious too.

Vegan energy balls

As you might have noticed, many flavours within the Bounce range contain whey protein – a common ingredient in protein powders and snacks. Though this may be great for some people, it’s a bit disappointing for those who are vegan or who don’t consume dairy. Whilst their previously lone vegan flavour Spirulina & Ginseng was indeed delicious, I always secretly hoped that Bounce would introduce more vegan-friendly balls to the shelves.

So, imagine how thrilled I was when the guys at Bounce told me they were releasing FIVE new vegan flavours to their range…and that they would like me to be one of the lucky bloggers that got to review them.

Bounce energy ball cashew peanut

Needless to say, I said yes straight away.

In exchange for sinking my teeth into the new products, I needed to come up with a few recipes inspired by each new flavour: kale & almond, spirulina & almond, beetroot cashew, coconut cumin and cashew peanut.

Always ready to get creative in the kitchen, I got to work.

Here below are my recipes, which I hope you guys will try out and let me know what you think. I admittedly haven’t provided a dish for the cashew peanut ball just yet…that’s one that might require a little more thinking.

However, if two things have come out of this task it’s that a) putting beetroot in cakes is surprisingly good and b) I now ONLY want to bake my sweet potatoes in the oven for the rest of my days. The caramelisation you get is just INSANE.

 

Almond & Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

Almond spirulina smoothie bowl

Serves: 1

This bowl was inspired by Bounce’s new almond & spirulina ball. This ball was actually my favourite of the set and goes well on top of any smoothie bowl! You can’t really taste the spirulina – its surprisingly sweet.

I used two frozen bananas for this bowl for extra sweetness and you can use whatever green powder you like.

Almond spirulina smoothie bowl recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, frozen overnight
  • 1 handful kale/spinach
  • 1 small handful raw almonds (about palm-sized)
  • 1 & 1/2 inch size slice of cucumber
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder, or your favourite green superfood blend (I’m enjoying this one)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice

Method

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender, until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with whatever you like. I used sliced banana, cacao nibs and chopped up pieces of Bounce’s almond & spirulina ball!

Bounce spirulina & almond ball

Almond spirulina smoothie bowl

Almond Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

 

Nourishing Kale, Carrot & Courgette Salad w/ Almond Butter Dressing

Makes one large serving

Next in line for the sampling was the kale and almond ball. I thought this would be a good opportunity to experiment with an almond butter dressing. I see them being banded around on the net a lot and with a robust vegetable like kale, you need something creamy and nutty that’s bold enough to compliment it.

Kale & almond salad

You can of course add any other veg you like for this salad. I always recommend adding sprouts of some kind because they’re so good for digestive health!

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 2 handfuls of kale, washed and de-stemmed
  • 1 large carrot, shredded or grated
  • 1 courgette, shredded or grated
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 small handful of sprouted veg of choice (e.g. chickpeas, mung beans, lentils etc. I used sprouted mung beans)
  • Pumpkin or hemp seeds, to sprinkle (OPTIONAL).

 

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper, to taste.

Kale almond Bounce ball

 

Method

  1. Shred or grate the carrot and courgette. Place into a bowl with the kale, tomato, sprouted beans and whatever other veggies or seeds you’re using.
  2. Blend the almond butter, chopped dates, water, lemon juice, salt and pepper together in a high speed blender.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, add extra seasoning if needed, and enjoy!

Kale salad with almond butter dressing

 

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cashew Frosting

These cupcakes are probably my second-favourite of all the recipes (see my favourite below). Very few people would say no to a red velvet cupcake, and Bounce’s new beetroot cashew ball is a perfect healthy version!

Vegan red velvet cupcakes

These babies use antioxidant-rich beetroot to get their rich vibrant colour, which is a much more natural alternative to synthetic red food colouring. Thanks to using apple puree in place of oil, they’re also much lower in fat. In fact, the only source of fat comes from the nutrient-dense cashew frosting!

Lastly, I used oat flour to make these as I just think oats are one of the most nourishing foods in the world. However, you can use any flour you have to hand.

Bounce beetroot cashew ball

Makes about 8-10 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup oat flour (you can use regular wholewheat flour if you wish)
  • 3/4 cup pureed cooked beetroot (approx. 3-4 medium beetroots, boiled till tender and pureed)
  • 1 & 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple puree (I used this brand, but you can also make your own)
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder.

 

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least three hours
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 4 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt.

TOP TIP: If you have trouble finding apple puree with no added sugar in the store, always check out the baby food section.

Beetroot cupcake ingredients

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  2. Sift the oat flour, coconut sugar, baking powder and cacao powder together until no clumps remain.
  3. One by one, add the beetroot puree, apple puree and vanilla extract, stirring as you go until you have a smooth, purple batter.
  4. If you’re using plain or wholewheat flour, you may find the mixture to be a bit dry. Have a cup of non-dairy milk on hand and add bit by bit until the mixture is smooth and moist.
  5. Grease a cupcake/muffin tray with a bit of coconut oil and fill each mould about 3/4 of the way. Place into oven and bake for around 20-25 minutes, or until a knife in the middle comes out clean. (Mine needed about 25 minutes.)
  6. Whilst the cakes are baking, make the frosting. Drain and rinse the cashews, then blend them in a high speed blender with the coconut sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract and salt. Place into the fridge to firm up for about 10-15 minutes.
  7. Once the cakes are baked and cooled, spoon half a tablespoon of frosting onto each. Decorate with anything you like – I used a sprinkle of cacao powder.

Beetroot cashew cupcakes

Vegan beetroot cupcakes

 

Chickpea Chilli with Coconut Sour Cream

The idea of an energy ball containing cumin at first seemed a bit strange to me. However, I’ve tasted it, and it’s actually pretty delicious!

Coconut cumin energy ball

Cumin is one of those staple spices that immediately makes you think of warming, hearty food. The challenge to combine the flavours of cumin and coconut led me to creating my FAVOURITE recipe of the lot…chickpea chilli with coconut sour cream, on a baked sweet potato.

This chickpea chilli is really easy and so flavourful…it’s the perfect quick comfort meal for a busy day. The coconut sour cream adds an element of creaminess and goes well with the spices of cumin, chilli and ginger. And then you’ve got the sweet gooeyness of the sweet potato….it’s incredible!

You can have this chilli with rice, quinoa or pitta bread if you wish…but the sweet potato is my favourite. This was actually my first time trying sweet potato baked whole, and now I’m not sure I’ll have it any other way!

Easy chickpea chilli

Serves: 2

Ingredients

For the chilli:

  • 1.5 400g can chickpeas (I like Suma)
  • 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes (I like Tarantella)
  • 4 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 small-medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes or chilli powder (more if you like it spicier)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree (I use Biona)
  • Fresh coriander, to garnish
  • Sea salt & black pepper, to season

 

For the coconut sour cream:

  • 1 can coconut milk, chilled in fridge overnight
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 non-dairy milk (optional)
  • Pinch salt

 

To serve:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes

Chickpea chilli recipe

 

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Prepare the potatoes by removing the ends and any dark bits of skin. Prick the potatoes several times all the way around with a fork.
  3. Place them on a sheet of baking foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
  4. When the potatoes have been baking for 25 minutes, make the chilli. Sautee the garlic, celery and carrot in a pan or wok until they are softened – about five minutes.
  5. Add the spices (cumin, paprika, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, chilli powder/flakes) and stir for a minute.
  6. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, water and chickpeas, and mix thoroughly. When it starts to come to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Whilst the chilli simmers, make the coconut cream. Place the thick, creamy part of the coconut milk (from the top) into a bowl.
  8. Add the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and seasonings and whip throughly.
  9. If you like your cream to be less stiff, add the non-dairy milk until you get your desired consistency.
  10. Serve each sweet potato with a few good spoonfuls of chilli, and a dollop of coconut cream on top. Garnish with the fresh coriander.

Chickpea chilli with coconut cream

 

Find the new vegan Bounce energy balls in Holland & Barrett, most supermarkets or your local gym from May 1st.

You can also order over at the Bounce UK website.

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