Today, without fail, I got down to my last banana and of course it was too ripe for my liking. I pondered a bit and considered making a small banana bread loaf but I didn’t feel like I had enough banana to do that.
Then I thought I might make some banana pancakes but I also wasn’t hungry enough for a large stack like that (I only eat pancakes when they are piled sky high but that’s another story). I wanted something quick, simple and that would last me a few days. So I decided to make no-bake cinnamon banana bread energy balls.
In one large bowl, I quickly mashed that ripe banana and folded in my other ingredients. My banana bread dough came together quicker than I expected and in just a couple of minutes I had myself the most delicious banana bites complimented with a hint of cinnamon.
Okay, actually a lot of cinnamon but who doesn’t love cinnamon? How about that sweet aroma? I know I can never leave a Trader Joe’s without picking up one of those oversized cinnamon brooms that makes your house smell like the candle department at Target during the holiday season.
Cinnamon, in my opinion is one of the most flavorful and delicious spices. A sprinkle or two over your food can actually do you way more good than you know. Cinnamon is known to reduce heart disease and can lower blood sugar levels.
I also heard that it can also help to fight off infections and viruses. I recently learned that it’s loaded with antioxidants. Yay, another win for the cinnamon stick. Combine the health benefits of cinnamon with all the vitamin c, potassium and fiber from a banana and you have yourself a perfect combination of energy and deliciousness.
Also try these popular paleo energy balls:
Almond Butter Energy Bites
Cinnamon Apple Pie Energy Balls
Honey Nut Paleo Energy Balls
- 1 banana, ripe
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 2 tbsp. almond butter
- 2 tsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- In a large bowl, mash your banana using a fork and stir in almond butter and maple syrup.
- In another bowl, stir together almond flour, coconut flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Add dry ingredients to the banana mash. Stir until a dough forms.
- Separate dough into 13 evenly sized balls.
- In a shallow bowl, stir together coconut sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Roll each ball into cinnamon/sugar mix until completely coated.
- Store in an airtight container.
Are these baked?
Nope 🙂 No baking required!
These were really easy to make, thanks for the recipe! I didn’t have almond butter, so I just subbed in some cashew butter and they turned out great. 🙂
These were quick, easy, and delicious!
I always get more bananas than we can eat, intentionally! When they get to the point where we won’t eat them I just peel them, break them into 1inch pieces and pack them into a freezer bag to use for muffins, bread, smoothies and now these. Sometimes I even purchase over ripe bananas (at a discount) if I’m planning some baking and don’t have any in the freezer.
My 3 year old gobbles these up! Super easy to make and so delicious! First time making them I used the almond butter but gonna sub for peanut butter this time as I don’t have any AB on hand. Can’t just eat one!!!
I made them, they are so …so…delicious!! I put in peanut butter and rice protein instead the coconut flour. Thank you for the recipe!!
Omg for a gluten free girl who hasn’t had a donut in over 13 years. These are amazing! I’ve made them with different kinds of nut butters but my kids love this recipe with raw peanut butter. Thank you for this healthy paloe cinnamon banana energy ball aka donut hole.
Delicious as is, i will make again and again.. i made part as directed though smaller mouth poppers. Then i added a little more PB to the almond butter and put 2 raisins in each mouth popper. love the Cinnamon coat.
These are amazing! I am brand new to paleo and so I was already craving something sweet. When I was preparing these (super simple!) I was like “I might eat all 13 at once!” But, I ate one (so delish) and then sat with it for a bit. It was perfect and curbed my want for a sweet treat! Thank you!