Bounce Energy balls are high in fibre, vitamin E, and antioxidant Manganese, a mineral found in nuts and is seen as an essential nutrient. Using whey protein in most of their balls (two flavours are vegan), these make an excellent post workout snack, and taste amazing.
Don’t be put off by the whey protein either. While it’s tough to hide the weird grainy flavour of whey, Bounce Balls do the trick. Each flavor combines a different superfood like ginseng, cacao or almonds and not only do they taste amazing, but they are gluten-free, free of artificial preservatives, and GMO free.
Personally I’d love it to be even more peanutty, but then again I do enjoy activities which include eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon. After putting extra salt in the jar. Or spreading it on slices of cucumber (don’t knock it till you try it).
The good thing about the peanut Bounce Balls is that they’re not arachibutyrophobia-inducing (that’s a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth). It has a chewy, non-greasy nougat-style texture, with soft peanut pieces round the outside – like eating a snickers bar without the chocolate. With a staggering 14 grams of protein per ball, it will get you well on your way to recovery. From the gym-bunnies I spoke to, this one is their all-time favourite.
Coconut and Macadamia
Truth be told, I thought I’d hate this one. I thought it would be similar to a Bounty bar, where the chocolate quickly melts away and all you’re left with is a dry mouth full of coconut sand. I took a bite into this coconut-coated ball expecting the worst, and to say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement.
The ball is coated in small pieces of desiccated coconut, but not in excess that you leave a snowstorm of coconut behind. It actually tastes like cookie dough, and also has a similar texture, with light nutty aftertaste and occasional crunch of coconut pieces.
I would honestly buy this Bounce ball again – over the other flavours, as it tasted so naughty and yummy! The macadamia gives it a hint of chocolatey taste and I felt that the coconut improved the texture, making it not so chewy, and they were more moist and more-ish than other ones.
The crunchy almonds on the outside give it a great mixture of textures compared to a typical energy bar. This ball is much softer in texture than the others and tastes naturally sweet, making it easy to munch down to get those muscles healing. It was a surprise to get the taste of marzipan coming through – marzipan isn’t something I particularly like, but this is a more delicate taste and feels like you’re eating leftover fruitcake (the one with the marzipan layer under the icing), making it pretty moreish. The almond balls contain 12 grams of protein making them an ideal snack to tide you over when you are really hungry, and ideal for long journeys.
Cacao and Orange
This one tastes incredibly awesome, has a really mixed and moist texture, and it packs some impressive nutritional values too! With 9 grams of whey and pea protein in each ball, these will significantly boost recovery, whilst the cocoa nibs, sunflower seeds and brown rice bring an abundance of the antioxidant Vitamin E and dietary fibre.
The orange flavour masks any bitterness that you often find with raw cacao nibs and it’s a strong, sweet essence – like in a Terry’s chocolate orange where you can taste the orange oils seeping out as you chew. The outer layer is coated with cacao nibs, and when you bite into the ball it’s like eating a chocolate orange brownie that didn’t come out quite right in the oven… but it’s nutty, chocolatey, chewy, and still very yummy.
It takes a while to work out what the smell of the ball reminds me of, but I’ve finally got it – it’s those German heart-shaped dark chocolate and ginger Lebkuchen you get at Christmas. There’s no ginger in the Bounce Ball, but it’s that dark-chocolate/Christmas-fruit combo. This may actually be my favourite one, as it tastes so much like a naughty festive treat – whilst having less calories than the other balls.