I know this is technically under my “baking” category but this recipe requires no baking at all! If you’ve ever had an energy ball/bite then you know how awesome they are.
What are they?
They’re like little homemade granola bars in the shape of a ball that are jam packed with good things like protein and CHOCOLATE (or coconut if you’re a vegan!!!). My mom’s friend made us some of her homemade energy bites and I knew I would have to make more. Energy balls are great for after a work out, after school, after work, or just whenever you’re feeling hungry. I love them because if I’m feeling a bit hungry I can get quuuuite peckish and I just end up eating everything in sight. If I have some energy balls sitting in the fridge (and the will power) then I’ll opt for one (okay sometimes two) of these suckers and then just wait until my next meal. So if you’re a snacker like me you should definitely try these out! Even if you end up snacking again later on at least you’ve had a snack homemade with ingredients you can name, right?
My recipe is loosely based off of this one here – http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/ .
I’d like to say that you probably already have these in your cupboard but I don’t know if that’s true or if my mom’s just a bit of a hippie –
1 cup Dry Whole Oats
1/2 cup Peanut Butter (organic is my fav, and 1/2 is a loose number, add peanut butter/honey to your taste and consistency)
1/2 ground flax seed
1/2 cup chocolate chips of your choice, vegans could substitute for dry cranberries, raisins or shredded coconut
1/3 cup Honey, vegans could substitute for agave nectar, again a loose number, add to your taste and consistency
1 & 1/2 tbsp Hemp Hearts – these are my ALL TIME FAVE.
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix it all together in a large bowl, add wet products to your taste and consistency, pop it in the fridge for about 1/2 an hour so it’s easier to work with. Then, roll into little balls about the size of a crab apple (about 1.5 inches in diameter). Keep them in a refrigerated airtight container, and maybe add some waxed paper so that they don’t stick to the sides of the container. 🙂
I hope you enjoy if you try them out, if you do – let me know in the comments/on my twitter/insta/etc how it goes!!