Energy balls? I have five kids and I feel like my goal in life every single day is to get all of their energy out. Swimming, park, school, fishing, basketball – these are literally our everyday activities.
So why would I try to give them more energy? When I had my third son people always would comment, “Oh, just wait until they’re teenagers. Your grocery bill is going to be insane.”
My mom used to make these peanut butter balls growing up.
Is it possible that they’ve hit their growth spurt early? I feel like they are eating ALL day long.
Which is why I started making these as a snack because they’re filling little bite-sized snacks to hold them over. I have the recipe memorized because I make them so often.
These Energy Balls are filled with oats, honey, flaxseed, peanut butter, and a few choc
olate chips. I don’t dare call these healthy because the hate mail will start coming. I’ve learned that the hard way.
But in my opinion a little chocolate never hurt anyone. Did you see the video I made of these above? Okay, a few M&Ms aren’t too harmful either…oops. You can definitely use raisins or dried cranberries as well.
You can definitely use natural peanut butter but you may have to add more oats depending on how runny your peanut butter is. My kids love them with creamy peanut butter but I enjoy them with crunchy peanut butter.
WHY ARE ENERGY BALLS GOOD FOR YOU?
- They are loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and protein which makes them great for a quick snack.
- Flaxseed is very high in Omega-3 and fiber.
DO ENERGY BALLS NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED?
Energy balls should be chilled to firm them up but are fine at room temperature as well.
The great thing about these is that you can really make them your own to suit what you like. Here are some more ideas for healthy snacks.
HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP ENERGY BALLS?
Energy Balls will keep in the fridge up to a week and in the freezer for up to 3 months.
OTHER HEALTHY RECIPES:
- 4-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Cookies
- Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
- Marinated Caprese Salad
- Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes
- Avocado Cucumber Salad
- Healthy Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
- Egg Roll in a Bowl
- Healthy Vegetable Chicken Soup
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, (you can also use mini chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberrries)
- Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix together well. Form into balls. If the mixture is too sticky, chill in the fridge for easier handling. Enjoy!
Ground flaxseed can be found in the spice aisle or health food aisle of your grocery store. I buy a big can of it.
You can also add chia seeds (about a tablespoon) if you have them.
You can use chocolate chips (mini or regular) or even mini-m&ms for a fun treat!