I was introduced to energy balls on my last girls trip by my friend, Wendy. She brought the ingredients and whipped up a batch of tasty oatmeal balls full of healthy ingredients. These tasty treats could have been a cookie for all I knew at the time. I ate more than my fair share and then my creative mind started working. Of course, I set out to make own version of energy balls.
Since that time, I have made energy balls a lot. I have been trying a number of combinations. It wasn’t until I made a batch and ate 4, yes 4, that I have decided to share one of many versions with you.
So, what on Earth is an energy ball? An energy ball is a no bake healthy treat packed with anything you want to put in it. Take anything lightly. Anything that goes together like peanut butter and chocolate. That’s a match made in heaven. My energy balls are all gluten and dairy free and can be ready to eat pretty quick.
My research tells me that energy balls have been referred to by a number of names, energy bites, protein bites or balls, and even vegan truffles. YUM! These tasty bites have a basic ingredient list of oats, mix in’s such as: flax, chia, hemp, coco nips, chocolate chips, raisins, etc, a nut butter, an extract and a sticky sweetener such as maple syrup or honey. That’s all there is to it. I am on the quest to make one with protein powder soon!
I am sucker for all things chocolate and peanut butter and I give you Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
1 ½ cup of Gluten Free Oats
¼ cup of flax meal
2 tbs of chia seeds
1/3 cup of cocoa nibs
1 tsp of salt
¼ cup of cocoa powder
3 heaping tbs of peanut butter
1 tbs of flax oil
¼ cup of maple syrup
Pour all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir.
Stir until all ingredients are coated and appear wet and sticky.
Roll a heaping tbs of mixture in to a 1” ball. If the mixture is too sticky, place in the refrigerator for a half hour or until easier to form a ball.
Freeze or refrigerate depending on your patience, ha!
Serve and eat!
Store in the refrigerator or freezer, depending on your desired texture in an air tight container for 2-3 weeks. Take these energy balls on the go, pack them in lunches. Sunbutter is an option should peanut butter avoided.
Amount per serving
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 3g
Total Carbohydrate 19g
Dietary Fiber 5.7g
Total Sugars 4.6g
Recipe analyzed by Very Well