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The other day I walked past the discounted cart in the grocery store and spotted some ripe bananas. I thought what a great deal, and that it would be incentive to make lots of recipes with them.  Well, a week went by and they continued to get more spotted and brown  every time I looked at them.

Who’s been there? I can’t be the only one. I was really wanting a snack that was easily transportable and offered a quick energy fix. I did some brainstorming and created these delicious energy balls which can help to get rid of some of those ripe bananas.

For a vegan recipe, swap out the raw honey for brown rice syrup.

banana bread energy balls from Crystal Hills Organics

Banana Bread Energy Balls

Yields 16 balls


  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower or pumpkin seed butter (you can sub with peanut butter if you do not have an allergy)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey (use brown rice syrup for vegan)
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Foods for nut-free)



  1. Add oats to a food processor and process until a flour forms.
  2. Add seed butter, banana, raw honey, and water. Add one tablespoon of water at a time to help blend.
  3. Pulse until a dough ball forms.
  4. Mix in chocolate chips.
  5. Roll into small one inch balls.
  6. Store in the fridge or freezer until ready to be eaten.


81 cal | 3g fat | 14g carb |3g protein per ball



Created by: Renee Altman, RHN

Renee at Crystal Hills

Renee was raised in small town Kaslo in the West Kootenays. After graduating, she pursued a health and lifestyle path by enrolling in the Human Kinetics program at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna. While attending university, she found her passion not only to be fitness, but also nutrition. In 2012, Renee attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Nanaimo, where she specialized in holistic nutrition. She then returned to the Okanagan where she now resides. Renée’s strong belief in healthy practices such as fitness, nutrition, and emotional well-being fit well with the principles of holistic nutrition.

Renee’s method is to ditch the diet and switch to a lifestyle where incorporating nourishing food everyday will have you feeling empowered and revitalized. Her plan will have you forgetting about trendy diets that leave you feeling hungry, irritable, and tired, and instead incorporating natural, alive, and good quality whole foods.




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