My Mother called me a few weeks ago and told me that she had found a recipe for “energy balls” and that she made them and everyone that ate them thought they were absolutely incredible and that I HAD to make them. So, I did, and you should too. Let me show you how:
So here’s the thing, I really cannot figure out why these are called energy balls. I’m assuming because they can be eaten on the go for a quick pick me up? I don’t know, but what I do know is that they are so good and reaaaaally easy to make and can be made extremely healthy. Also almost every ingredient can be substituted if you have an allergy or a food preference. So, sure, energy balls.
The recipe, originally found on Gimme Some Oven (go there for actually pretty images of these little balls), was combined with her second energy ball recipe which includes a cup of chopped dates. So here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup (dry) oatmeal
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
And then here’s what you do:
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.
- Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. (I accidentally forgot about them and left them in the fridge for an entire day before I rolled them out into balls, and there was no problem. So don’t feel stuck to this 30 minutes in the fridge.)
- Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like.
Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Jody (my mother) says she stores hers in the freezer and they get slightly harder without fully freezing through, so that’s another great option.