After eating not so great last week, I’m in serious need of some healthy snacks this week. So I created a new energy ball recipe.
I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand to make my initial energy ball recipe so I made a few tweaks. The main items you need to make the base of your energy balls is rolled oats & some sort of nut butter to bind the balls together. I used almond butter but you can use peanut butter too.
To make these energy balls taste like a treat, I used coconut flakes, honey & chocolate chips as sweetners. To make this recipe dairy free, use cacao bits. The vanilla also adds a bit of sweetness and flavor. Can you tell I’m more inclined to eat something if it feels like dessert?
For added nutrition, I added a bunch of different seeds.
They’re all optional so use whatever you have in your pantry. As always, I added flax & chia seeds. The extra fiber, antioxidants & healthy fats from these seeds is good for your gut.
Hemp seeds are new to me. I picked up a bag at Trader Joe’s over two months ago & I’m finally using them (ps make sure you buy the shelled raw seeds). Hemp seeds are high in fiber, low in sugar & full of unsaturated fats. Hemp seeds are none to be an energy booster, help you sleep better & help boost your immune system. You can sprinkle them on top of salads, oatmeal or mix into your favorite baked goods!
Sunflower seeds always provide a nice crunch so I added those as well. I always buy the unsalted kind. They mix better with other foods. You can also sprinkle sunflower seeds over salads or use them in a bread recipe. Make sure you buy them shelled!
Eat 2-3 of these energy balls when you need a pick me up or just want a healthy sweet treat.
Even Alex likes them! I made him try one & he willing asked for a second one! My goal during quarantine is to make a fresh batch every Sunday to have them in the fridge throughout the week to snack on.
What have you been making to snack on while staying home?
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup sweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup almond butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium size bowl.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (can leave in refrigerator overnight if preferred).
- Roll refrigerated mixture into balls about 1 inch big,
- Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.