You guys should know by now that I usually have a batch of energy balls in the fridge at all times. Cause you just never know when you are going to need a snack. For me, it’s most of the time. I usually go for a cacao + peanut butter combo but I’ve really been loving on pistachios of late and I felt inspired to create a quick, easy snack for everyone! So here she is, Orange + Pistachio Energy Balls that have such delicious flavours and coated in the beautiful colours of pistachios.
I gotta say, I just love the colour of pistachios. I’m a huge fan of the nut family but there is just something I find beautiful and unique about pistachios! Adam is a huge fan of pistachios too! He also has now shortened the term Picky Husband Approved to PHA (pronounced fa…LOL). I’m not sure I’m open to that term sticking around but for now, just know that these vegan energy bites are PHA…
here are some reasons why I love these Orange Pistachio Energy Balls, so listen up!
- There aren’t as many pistachio recipes out there as cashew/almond recipes and I just wanted to try something a little different. I’m a huge fan but rarely use them to bake with. So the time to start is now! I paired the lovely colourful nut with some orange zest because the combo is super delicious and the pairing should never be denied. EVER.
- The recipe only has FIVE ingredients. WHAT? YES. FIVE INGREDIENTS. I generously gave 20 minutes to whip these bad boys up but honestly you could do it in ten. These orange bliss balls are quick to make and you only need 5 ingredients. YOU. ARE. WELCOME.
- You get to give your fingers a little bit of exercise if you buy pistachios still in their shells! De-shelling the pistachios is kinda fun and you can do it sitting on the couch or wherever you want! Let those fingers do your daily workout while the rest of your body relaxes.
- And lastly, these are Picky Husband Approved, which is always a reason why I love a recipe. It means he’ll eat them and enjoy them. YAY!
Here is a little fun story about pistachios and my childhood for you to have a chuckle about. Once when I was about 12, my dad and I took a road trip in our family motorhome. As his co-pilot, I was in charge of snacks. So Dad wouldn’t get distracted while he drove I would assemble snacks for him and hand them to him. Pistachios were one of the snacks. I don’t know why we didn’t have almonds or cashews (something easier to hand to my dad), but we didn’t.
So there I was, a good little daughter de-shelling one pistachio at a time for my dear old Pops, and then handing them to him. My fingers were working hard to expose those delicious green nuts so Dad wouldn’t get hungry. My dad loves to retell this story because he always says I was so patient and helpful but then I reached my breaking point. I blame the pistachios. If cashews replaced the pistachios in this story, nothing would have ever happened. The de-shelling got to me. And after driving for 12 hours when we were only 1 hour away from our destination, I lost it. I refused to de-shell any more pistachios, and I turned from a happy-go-lucky gal into a gloomy silent mess. We rode the rest of the way home in silence.
The lesson here, friends, make these energy balls for your road trips (so you don’t have to deal with any shells on the road) and if you are the co-pilot buy cashews, not pistachios.
These vegan energy bites are the perfect road trip snack or just an everyday goodie to have in the fridge cause you never know when hunger will strike! Loaded with protein, nutrients and delicious flavours I hope you go nuts for these bites!