These easy Energy Balls are filled with oats, honey, flaxseed, peanut butter, and a few chocolate chips.
We make this easy Energy Balls as a snack once a week at least!
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 Energy Balls 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 chocolate 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.
Flaxseed alone has so many benefits. It’s high in Omega-3 and fiber.
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.
The great thing about these is that you can really make them your own to suit what you like.
- 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!
You can also use quick oats but you may need add less since they will cause the balls to be dryer.
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!