No Bake Energy Balls
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No Bake Energy Balls are an irresistible snack with a soft texture and cookie dough flavors. Make this energy bites recipe in just 10 minutes for a delicious portable snack or breakfast idea!
Move over cookies! Homemade energy balls are a delicious snack that’s dairy-free with no baking required. The best part? They’re ready in just 10 minutes!
We take these peanut butter energy balls to the gym as well as on excursions and even road trips! They’re filling with a nutritious energy boost to sustain you throughout the day.
Are energy balls healthy?
Energy balls provide balanced nutrition with about 100-120 calories per ball. You get a protein boost that’s low in saturated fat with lots of fiber from the oats, nut butter and flaxseed.
Select ingredients carefully to manage sugar content. For example, using unsweetened peanut butter, unsweetened coconut and dark chocolate chips keeps sugar at 2-3 grams per ball.
Are energy balls vegan?
Yes! This is a vegan energy ball recipe by using maple syrup instead of honey and semisweet or dark chocolate chips. No compromises! 🙂
For paleo energy balls, you need to switch back to honey, as maple syrup is considered to be refined sugar.
How to Make Energy Balls
Here’s what you’ll need for no bake energy bites:
- Rolled oats (old fashioned oats) as the base
- Nut butter as the protein and binding ingredient
- Liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or honey often with a splash of vanilla
- Add-ins such as flaxseeds, chocolate chips or shredded coconut
In this energy balls recipe, we chose peanut butter and maple syrup. Then we added flaxseed meal, chocolate chips and shredded coconut.
For easy preparation, simply mix the ingredients together by hand in a mixing bowl. Then use a spoon or cookie scoop to scoop up a heaping tablespoonful of the dough. Roll between your palms into a 1-1 1/2 inch (3 cm) ball and place on a plate or cookie sheet.
If the weather is humid or the dough seems too sticky, simply add some extra oats. (Alternatively, you can chill for 20-30 minutes to help it firm up before forming.) If the dough is too dry, some extra peanut butter or maple syrup will help.
There are some great variations on protein energy balls simply by switching up ingredients:
- Date energy balls: Add 1 cup of pitted dates instead of the nut butter and use the food processor method. This recipe is school-safe since there are no allergens.
- Pumpkin energy balls: Add ¼ cup of pumpkin puree instead of the coconut oil.
There are lots of other possibilities too, so feel free to get creative!
This quick video tutorial shows how to make energy balls from scratch:
No Bake Energy Bites
- 1 cup rolled oats, old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
- 2 tbsp flaxseed meal, optional
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips, semisweet or dark chocolate
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened recommended
- Add all the ingredients to a large bowl. Then mix with a large wooden spoon until it forms a firm dough.
- Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll between the palms of your hands to make a 1 1/2 inch (3-4 cm) ball.
- Place onto a parchment-lined plate and repeat for remaining dough.
- Chill in an airtight container until serving.
- You can make energy balls up to one week ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s also possible to freeze them for up to 3 months.
- Quick oats can be used instead of rolled oats.
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