Energy ballsÂ are a delicious and healthy treat! No-bake energy balls are easy and perfect for a snack or breakfast on the go.Â I especially love to send them with my kids to sports practice and games.Â
I love having these power balls on hand. I’ve made them in the past to help me get through some no sugar challenges and also for a sweet pick-me-up in the afternoon.Â My sister in law gave me her favorite recipe last summer and my kids loved them.Â This is an modified version of her recipe.
The great thing about this recipe is that it can easily be modified.Â If I give my kids a couple options and they get to help create the recipe, they love them even more!
Here’s a picture of my small coffee grinder I use to grind things like nuts, flax seeds and raw cacao nibs.
Variations of Energy Balls
Energy balls go by many different names, energy bites, energy balls,Â protein balls, power balls, and vegan truffles.
Ingredients in No Bake Energy Balls:
- Oats: Rolled Oats. These are really the best base for power balls.Â Oats can hold a little moisture with out getting soggy.Â I like to pulse mine in a blender or food processor to break them down a little.Â It gives the Energy ball more of a raw cookie dough texture.
- Nut butter: Just about any nut butter will do here.Â You can use almond butter, cashew butter but my favorite is definitely peanut butter.Â You can also use a combination of nut butters.Â That’s the great thing about this recipe, you can easily swap out ingredients or add an extra one if you have it on hand.
- Sticky liquid sweetener:Â Â For the sweetener, I like to use honey but it’s also really easy to use pure maple syrup, Agave, or medjoole dates. You can use 3-4 dates in place of half the honey. If you want to use dates, just be sure to soak them overnight or for several hours at least so they can be very soft when you blend them up. If you’re using dates, you will probably want to do half dates and half honey.Â You’ll need a little honey to hold everything together
- Custome Mix-Ins:Â Â There are so many options here.Â This is where my kids love to have an opinion. Some of the mix-ins we love to use:
- are cacao nibs (I like to pulse these a few times in a small blender),
- miniÂ m and m’s
- mini chocolate chips
- hemp hearts
- raw cacao
- chia seeds
- chopped dried fruit
- chopped nuts–just about any kind
Tips for making Energy or Power Balls:
- Use a food processor to break up the oats a little. The energy balls will hold together better if the oats are a little smaller
- Use at least half honeyÂ and then you can experiment with other liquid sweeteners like maple syrup, agave, and medjool dates.
- The mix-ins are the fun part.Â Do whatever you or your kids like!Â Get them in the kitchen rolling the balls, that’s the fun and messy part
- Use a couple Tablespoons of Coconut oil on your hands.Â Use about a teaspoon at a time. Use it liberally.Â It will help keep the balls together and the sticky mess off your fingers, and it’s good for you!
- I like to keep the balls in the refrigerator or freezer.Â I store them in a Tupperware container to keep them fresh and ready to throw into a sack lunch or a soccer bag for practice.
- Line your container with parchment or wax paper.Â It’ll keep the balls from sticking.
- If your energy balls seem a little sticky, just add some more ground flax seed or oatmeal.Â If your balls aren’t sticking together, add some honey or agave.
- If you plan to use flax seeds, be sure to grind them up or purchase them already ground.Â I bodies cant’ break down the hard shell.
- I used a cookie scoop to scoop the dough.Â It worked amazingly well. I used a tablespoon and a half scoop and it’s the perfect bite size.
Energy balls are a delicious and healthy treat! No bake energy balls are easy and perfect for a snack or breakfast on the go.
- 2 Cups Regular Rolled Oats (pulsed in a food processor or blender till about a third or half the size)
- 1 Cup Rice Crispies
- 1/2 Cup Flax (I like to grind mine in my blender or a small coffee grinder)
- 1 Cup Peanut Butter (any nut butter will do. Peanut Butter is my favorite)
- 2 Scoops Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1/2 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 Cup Cacao Nibs (I also like to grind these till about half the size)
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
In a blender, add rolled oats. Pulse it or turn it on low and chop the oats up until half the size.
In a small coffee grinder or a blender, grind up the flax seeds.
In a mixing bowl, pour in all of the ingredients except the coconut oil. (The ground oats, rice crispies, ground flax seeds, peanut butter, protein powder, chocolate chips, cacao nibs, honey and maple syrup.) mix.
The "dough" should resemble dry cookie dough. When you scoop and lightly pack it together, it should stay in a ball and not break. If it's a little dry, add some honey. You can also add a little coconut oil to help it stay together.
To roll into balls, use a cookie dough scoop to make balls and then use your hands to finish rolling into a ball shape. Use coconut oil on your hands if you need to. I used a couple tablespoons, a teaspoon at a time, on my hands to keep the dough from sticking.
Keep in an airtight container in the freezer or the fridge. These make great afternoon snacks or breakfast on the go. ENJOY!