It's safe to say that fat, so long considered our nutritional enemy, is back in a big way. The once-shunned macronutrient has gone from playground outcast to cool kid on the block. We're glad, too, because we do love a good straight-from-the-jar peanut butter session. And there are even more exciting ways to get your daily dose. No, not avocados (although yes, naturally).
We're talking about fat balls.
These fat-packed, ball-shaped energy bombs have become the darling of healthy Instagrammers (despite their ill-conceived but appropriately descriptive name). They almost always include coconut, so if you love coconut, you will most likely love them too.
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Still skeptical? Don't knock them until you try them! They're really tasty, easy to make, and great for getting you through the afternoon slump. Here are five of our favorite fat balls on the internet.
5 of our Favorite Fat Balls on the Internet
1. Coconut Fat Balls from Lee from America
Coconut-lovers, this one's for you. These balls are loaded with coconut shreds, coconut butter, and coconut oil, with some other nuts and seeds in the mix for added crunch. They can be frozen and stored for months, so make a big batch and keep some on hand for when you need a quick and filling snack.
2. No-Bake Maple Vanilla Latte Protein Bites from Cotter Crunch
Instead of going to Starbucks for your 3 p.m. caffeine fix, make (and eat) these maple-vanilla bites instead. Choose your favorite nuts and nut butter, combine with almond meal or coconut flour, vanilla protein powder, coffee, and maple syrup, and roll it into a ball. Bonus points for covering it in dark chocolate.
3. Matcha Green Tea Energy Bites from Living Well Mom
Not a fan of coffee? Opt for one of these matcha-filled energy balls instead. You'll get a boost of energy from the caffeine in the matcha, mellowed out by coconut oil, shredded coconut, and almond flour.
4. Lemon Bar Fat Bombs from Real Balanced
Next time you're craving the citrusy sweetness of a lemon bar, make these fat bombs instead. These coconut- and cashew-filled lemon balls are Paleo, keto, and dairy-free.
5. Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls from How Two Balance
These rich, Nutella-like balls will satisfy your sweet tooth. They get their fat from the hazelnuts and coconut, and they're sweetened with Medjool dates and maple syrup to make a satisfying snack.