No-Bake Energy Balls
When you are on a diet and you get food cravings, you mostly have to kill your cravings because you can’t cheat on your meal, right? But not anymore. These no-bake energy balls will not only full fill your cravings but are super healthy and great food to consume when you want to eat healthily. These are highly energetic and hence are great for kids too.
What are No-Bake Energy Balls?
These sweet, no-bake energy balls are high in protein and delicious healthy treats. They come up in minutes and are packed with healthy ingredients, and are great for quick, portable breakfasts and snacks. I’ve prepared dozens of batches of energy balls over the years, and while I’m always looking for new ways to spice them up, they always come back to one simple, proven formula. Here is the simplest recipe for Energy Balls.
The flavor of these balls is fantastic, especially if you prefer peanut butter, like myself. The texture is also fantastic, it’s like a ball of handmade granola. The balls stay together well, so you can easily pack a few in your bag for school/work or as a road trip snack.
What’s the best thing about this recipe? There is no need for a food processor, and only one bowl is required. And, without the addition of protein powder, these balls offer a fair quantity of protein. I know a lot of people ask how to make my protein balls without protein powder, especially if they’re for kids. So, here is the recipe!
Notable Ingredients At A Glance
Rolled Oats – The old-fashioned rolled oats are the clear winners for these energy balls. It will be the foundation of our energy bites. Oats are full, cheap, and versatile, and they give me the impression that I’m eating an oatmeal cookie rather than a nutritious snack. You can also use oatmeal flour or wheat flour for this recipe. I personally prefer using rolled oats.
Peanut Butter – Nut butter, such as peanut butter, aids in the binding of the balls, adds beneficial fats and makes the energy balls more filling. It’s also quite tasty. You can also use almond butter.
Flax Seeds – To boost the protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids in our energy bites, I have added flax seeds. You can use ground flax as well.
Dark Chocolate Chips – I love a lot of chocolates in my cookies. I prefer dark chocolate chips, but you can also use milk chocolate or any other chocolates you like.
Honey or Maple Syrup – Again, you are free to select whatever works best for you. Although maple syrup is easier to combine, honey also gives a wonderful flavor. So honestly, either way, is fine!
How To Prepare No-Bake Energy Balls?
Take a large mixing bowl and combine all of the ingredients in it. Refrigerate them for 10 minutes to make them easier to work with. Now, make small circular balls with your hands. Enjoy these healthy energy balls as a snack or fill your food cravings at night. You can store it in the fridge for 5-7 days.
Some Expert Tips For Preparing No-Bake Energy Balls
- I haven’t done it, but I believe quick oats might be used in instead of rolled oats.
- Peanut butter can be replaced with another nut butter, such as almond or cashew butter. Sunflower seed butter is also effective. Just make sure your nut butter is fresh (drippy) and not too thick/dry. Thick or dry nut butters will make the energy balls dry and difficult to hold together.
- To make them vegan, replace the honey with maple syrup, coconut nectar, or agave nectar.
- You can also add in shredded coconuts to make it even delicious.
- You can substitute flaxseeds for the chia seeds or leave it out entirely.
- Chocolate chips can be omitted or substituted for another ingredient such as raisins, dried cranberries, or blueberries.
No- bake Energy Balls
High protein, delicious, easy healthy and a kid fav!
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- ⅔ cup Peanut Butter
- ½ cup Flax seeds
- ½ cup Dark Chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp Honey or maple syrup
- Mix all the ingredients well.
- Refrigerate for 10 mins so it’s easy to work with.
- Use your hands and make round balls.
You can use ground flax seeds as well. Some say that’s easier to digest. And if you find sprouted ground flax seeds that’s even better!
You can store it in the fridge for 5-7 days.
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