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Nutty No-Bake Energy Balls

energy balls

It’s Mother’s Day, and frankly I don’t know of any mom who couldn’t use a little more energy in the form of a tasty grab-n-go treat 🙂

These peanutty, chocolatey little balls are essentially no-bake cookies, but with a healthier spin. I keep them in the fridge for easy access when I would otherwise be eating a more highly processed snack (with fewer nutrients) like crackers or a granola bar.

no bake cookies

One of the best things about these energy balls is that you can customize them using any similar ingredients you like. Swap out the peanut butter for another nut or seed butter, the chocolate for dried fruit (but really, who would do that?), or the dates for maple syrup. All that’s needed is a consistency sticky enough to hold together when you roll the mixture into balls.

energy balls

Enjoy! And more importantly, Happy Mother’s Day!

No-Bake Energy Balls
 
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The perfect grab-n-go treat for long-lasting energy!
Serves: 20 balls
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
  • ⅓ cup date paste (see notes below)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups rolled or quick oats
  • ½ cup toasted coconut flakes
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ chopped dark or milk chocolate (or mini chocolate chips)
  • ¼ cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Place chia seeds in a small bowl with 3 Tbsp water & let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir together peanut butter, date paste, honey, vanilla and salt in a large bowl until combined.
  3. Add dry ingredients and chia seeds and mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Refrigerate for 20 minutes, then roll mixture into small balls. (If mixture is crumbling apart or not easy to form into balls, add a little more nut butter, honey, or a tablespoon of water).
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Notes
To make date paste, pour ¼ cup boiling water over 1 cup pitted dates. Let sit for 10 minutes, then blend with a hand blender or mini food processor.

Honey or maple syrup can easily be substituted for the date paste if you don't have dates on-hand.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
    May 12, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    YUM! I love making different types of date balls but surprisingly have never added peanut butter to any of them. Now I am easily obsessed with your recipe and need to make a run to the store!

    • Reply
      Amelia Winslow
      May 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Ooh I’d love to hear what kinds of date balls you make – this was my first attempt!

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